Average Salary for RAND Corporation Employees

Operating out of Santa Monica, Calif., RAND Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Research Associate to Director of Operations and Administration. RAND Corporation employees bring home $78K annually on average. Your job title influences pay for RAND Corporation workers the most, followed by your city and how long you've been working. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Senior Researchers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $176K per year — though Directors of Operations and Administration, Systems Administrators, and Contract Administrators also do fairly well at $135K, $79K, and $69K, respectively. Project Engineers make an average approximately $43K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $127K annually) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $118K), Washington, DC (around $81K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. ($75K) are the next top-paying cities. New York, N.Y. ranks low on the pay scale — at $43K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where salaries average out at about $120K per year.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $74K annually on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $52K per year. Overall, the greater share of RAND Corporation folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $105K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $80K per year for CompTIA Security+ Experts; non-accredited workers make much less. RAND Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — these employees rake in about $158K annually.


When it comes to skills, Human Resources seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $135K per year. A common skill in RAND Corporation's work force is Research Analysis; approximately one in four of survey participants report using it on the job. Other top skills include Project Management, Policy Analysis, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at RAND Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; 44 percent get paid vacation days, and 36 percent receive paid 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. For most survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a solid majority of workers get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include a casual working environment, 401(a), and tuition reimbursement.

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