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 pays its employees $78K per year on average. Your job title plays the largest role in compensation at RAND Corporation, but your city and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Santa Monica, California 94710


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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 $176K annually — though Directors of Operations and Administration, Systems Administrators, and Contract Administrators also do fairly well at $135K, $79K, and about $69K, respectively. Project Engineers at RAND Corporation do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (around $43K on average) at the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $125K per year) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif. (about $118K), Washington, DC (around $81K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. ($75K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is New York, N.Y. at $43K. RAND Corporation workers in California earn the most — $119K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $74K per year on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $54K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of RAND Corporation employees (29 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn approximately $135K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $80K annually for CompTIA Security+ Experts; non-accredited workers make much less. RAND Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) — these employees rake in $157K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Human Resources; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $135K annually. Folks here also tend to know Research Analysis; on the survey, close to a fourth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Just 42 percent receive paid time off. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. A large number of respondents report having health insurance, and a fair number of employees report having dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a subsidized cell phone.

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