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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 SAS Programmer. It is not unusual for people who work at RAND Corporation to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $92K per year. Though geography and your job title do impact pay, your experience level is the primary influence on employee salary at RAND Corporation. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Santa Monica, California 94710


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Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at RAND Corporation for between five and 10 years earn around $92K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of RAND Corporation folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average about $54K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif. ($100K), Los Angeles, Calif. ($95K), and Arlington, Va. (approximately $88K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in New York, N.Y.; in fact, at $48K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of District of Columbia, where they average to around $130K per year.


Senior Research Scientists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $140K annually; Research Analysts, Associate Research Scientists, and Construction Superintendents also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $117K, $103K, and $81K, respectively. SAS Programmers make an average around $70K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Information Systems Security Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($168K per year) than those without credentials. RAND Corporation compensates Doctorate (PhD)-holders the most at about $102K annually.


Employees who count Systems Engineering among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $178K per year. A relatively widespread skill at RAND Corporation is Data Analysis; close to one-fourth of employees use it for work. Many workers are also familiar with Research Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only half of survey participants at RAND Corporation enjoy paid vacation time, and just 29 percent can take sick leave. RAND Corporation workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of survey participants, and for most survey participants, dental coverage is too. RAND Corporation also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.

Key Stats for RAND Corporation


44 %
56 %
$43,201 - $111,910
$50,980 - $131,968
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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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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