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Scientific Job Classifications

The table below provides approximate salary ranges for biotechnology scientists in the San Diego region, based on level of education and training.

Scientific Job Classifications

PositionEducation
(degree)
ExperienceSkillsHourly Pay Rate
(as of March 2004)
Animal CareNo degree or AS6 months +Ability to work with animals in a laboratory environment. Barrier facility exposure, cage washing, general husbandry and laboratory maintenance skills.$10.00 - $12.00
Laboratory TechnicianNot required0-2 yearsAble for perform basic tests and experiments in a lab. Understands the concept behind standard lab testing and equipment. Great work ethic.$10.00 - $15.00
Scientific Level IAA or BS0-1 yearAble to perform basic tests and experiments in a lab. Some formal and informal exposure to equipment and instruments. Great work ethic. Concise verbal, written and data entry skills.$10.00 - $12.00
Scientific Level IIBS1-2 yearsFundamental laboratory and data implementation experience. Limited equipment and instrument skill. Familiar with many methods and techniques. Requires task management and lab manager supervision. Concise verbal, written and data entry skills.$12.00 - $15.00
Scientific Level IIIMS or BS2-3 yearsLaboratory, equipment and instrument experience. Skilled in sample preparation, methods development and protocols. Excellent multi-tasking skills and a clear ability to communicate laboratory data.$15.00 - $20.00
Scientific Level IVMS or BS3-4 yearsExceptional laboratory, equipment, instrument and data interpretation experience. Able to work with advanced methods and techniques. Works with a range of responsibility calling for some supervision. Excellent multi-tasking skills and a clear ability to communicate laboratory data.$20.00 - $24.00
Scientific Level VMS or BS4-6 yearsAdvanced laboratory, equipment, instrument, data interpretation and analysis experience. Able to work with advanced methods and techniques. Works with a range of responsibility and has supervisory experience. Able to run laboratory equipment and instruments without supervision. Excellent multi-tasking skills and a clear ability to communicate laboratory data.$24.00 - $30.00
Scientific Level VIMS, BS or PhD6+ yearsIndependent laboratory responsibility. Ability to work with a group of scientists in developing and applying new methods and protocols. Understands FDA and other regulatory approvals. Can lead and manage a laboratory environment.$31.00 +