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. The average RAND Corporation employee earns $79K per year. RAND Corporation paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though your experience level and your city are also considered. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Senior Research Scientists are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $140K annually on average; Associate Research Scientists are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $103K, followed by Construction Superintendents earning about $81K and SAS Programmers making $70K. On the lower end are Project Engineers at $43K on average.

Years of Experience

Average pay is around $85K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of RAND Corporation employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $52K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $100K per year) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif. ($99K), Arlington, Va. (around $88K), and Washington, DC ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is New York, N.Y. at approximately $45K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of California pays RAND Corporation the most — $99K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $168K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at RAND Corporation — these employees make the most at around $102K annually.


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 per year. Data Analysis is a popular skill among RAND Corporation workers, with between a fifth and a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at RAND Corporation can sometimes lack paid time off; one-half of survey participants get paid vacation days, and 35 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 nearly all respondents, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage, too. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, 401(a), and life insurance.

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