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Average Salary for RAND Corporation Employees

Operating out of Santa Monica, Calif., RAND Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Research Analyst to Associate Research Scientist. RAND Corporation offers hefty wages with the average worker making $92K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for RAND Corporation workers, followed by geography and what you do at the company. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: RAND Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]SAS Programmer (2)
$50,672 - $91,545  
[-]SAS Programmer (2)
Salary$52,128 - $89,749  
Total Pay$50,672 - $91,545  
[+]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (2)
$41,577 - $72,953  
[+]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (2)
Salary$45,095 - $71,610  
Total Pay$41,577 - $72,953  
[+]Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) (2)
$89,180 - $175,563  
[+]Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) (2)
Salary$92,130 - $169,587  
Total Pay$89,180 - $175,563  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (2)
$52,490 - $119,656  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (2)
Salary$55,040 - $117,198  
Total Pay$52,490 - $119,656  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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Santa Monica, California 94710


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Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $92K per year. The largest fraction of RAND Corporation people (34 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn around $54K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif. (about $100K), Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $90K), and Arlington, Va. ($88K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of New York, N.Y. — at $48K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of approximately $130K annually) in District of Columbia.


Senior Research Scientists are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $140K per year on average; Research Analysts are next on the list, bringing in close to $117K, followed by Associate Research Scientists earning $103K and SAS Programmers making around $70K.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Information Systems Security Professionals earn $168K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. RAND Corporation workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning $102K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have may be IT Security & Infrastructure; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $168K per year. Research Analysis is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; nearly one in four of RAND Corporation's people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, RAND Corporation gives paid vacation to half of survey participants and paid sick leave to 30 percent. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Nearly all workers report having health insurance, and a large number of respondents report having dental coverage. Perks also include a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.

Key Stats for RAND Corporation


44 %
56 %
$43,035 - $105,849
$50,779 - $134,133
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
$52,486 - $88,500
$92,903 - $145,000
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