Average Salary for RAND Corporation Employees

Operating out of Santa Monica, Calif., RAND Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Research Analyst to Project Engineer. RAND Corporation employees bring home $79K annually on average. RAND Corporation paychecks are largely negotiated based on what you do at the company, though how long you've been working and geography are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Senior Research Scientists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $140K per year; Associate Research Scientists, Construction Superintendents, and SAS Programmers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $103K, about $81K, and $70K, respectively. Project Engineers make an average $43K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $85K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of RAND Corporation employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $52K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $100K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif. ($99K), Arlington, Va. ($88K), and Washington, DC ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. New York, N.Y. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $45K. By state, RAND Corporation employees make the most in California, earning $99K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make about $168K annually. RAND Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctorate (PhD) — these employees rake in around $102K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Research Analysis; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $122K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at RAND Corporation is Data Analysis, with somewhere between a fifth and a fourth considering it a key competency. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

RAND Corporation lets only one-half of respondents take paid vacation and only 35 percent take sick leave. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of workers and dental coverage for a fair number of workers. Some other perks are a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.

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