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Average Salary for RAND Corporation Employees

Operating out of Santa Monica, California, RAND Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Research Associate to SAS Programmer. RAND Corporation employees typically bring home $89K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for RAND Corporation workers, followed by your job title and where you live. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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RAND Corporation typically pays:
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Employer: RAND Corporation
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (3)
$38,412 - $73,830  
[-]Research Associate (Unspecified Type) (3)
Salary$39,287 - $70,862  
Total Pay$38,412 - $73,830  
[+]Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) (2)
$92,386 - $189,855  
[+]Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type) (2)
Salary$93,635 - $169,583  
Total Pay$92,386 - $189,855  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (2)
$58,152 - $119,463  
[+]Associate Research Scientist (2)
Salary$56,339 - $111,361  
Total Pay$58,152 - $119,463  
[+]SAS Programmer (2)
$53,373 - $98,887  
[+]SAS Programmer (2)
Salary$53,009 - $100,730  
Total Pay$53,373 - $98,887  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Years of Experience

Respondents with a company tenure of five to ten years tend to make $98K. To sum up, the greater portion of employees here (39 percent) have worked in their field for one to four years and now make about $54K per year.


Earning around $140K on average, Senior Research Scientists receive the most money, followed by Research Analysts ($117K), Associate Research Scientists (approximately $103K), and SAS Programmers ($70K). On the lower end are Research Associates at about $56K.


Median pay is highest in Washington, DC ($110K annually), followed by the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica ($99K), Los Angeles (approximately $87K), and Pittsburgh (around $68K). High paychecks are not found in Arlington; in fact, at $51K it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in District of Columbia, where salaries average out at $110K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $168K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Regarding salaries and education, RAND Corporation pays those with a Doctorate (PhD) the most — about $100K.


When it comes to skills, Security Risk Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $168K. It's pretty common to find people here who know Research Analysis; nearly one in four consider it a key competency. Other top skills include Data Analysis, Project Management, and Technical Writing.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at RAND Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; one-half of workers get paid vacation days, and 30 percent receive paid sick leave. RAND Corporation workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Almost all workers can count on health insurance, and the greater part of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.

Key Stats

43 %
57 %
$49,449 - $110,000
$49,964 - $125,126
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
$93,838 - $116,997
$52,486 - $88,500

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