Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Assistant Research Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $43K annually on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the specific employer and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,143 - $63,406
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$43K
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MEDIAN: $42,539
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$10.00 - $22.62
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MEDIAN: $17.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,143 - $63,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
Profit Sharing
$3,700  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,774 - $62,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $22.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,700  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,774 - $62,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Assistant Research Scientist

An assistant research scientist is a member of a research team who performs many of tasks in the research process. Like the rest of the research team, the assistant research scientist must follow the scientific method. They begin by clearly identify a problem or hypothesis. Next, the assistant research scientist works with the team to formulate a testable hypothesis. After a hypothesis is formulated, the assistant research scientist helps up experiments to gather data to support or reject the hypothesis. Then, the assistant research scientist operates many of the laboratory's apparatus to perform the experiment and gather data. Upon successfully gathering data, the assistant research scientist works closely with senior researchers to analyze the data and write up the technical report. Occasionally, the assistant research scientist may be invited to participate in presentations, relaying the findings of the research team to stakeholders.

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Assistant Research Scientist Tasks

  • Develop, manage and analyze large-scale collection of data.
  • Write scholarly and technical papers regarding research.
  • Conduct and contribute to research projects.
  • Order and manage lab inventory, materials and equipment.
  • Know a variety of methods to collect and analyze data.

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Assistant Research Scientists who advance into the role of a Research Scientist are fairly uncommon. Research Scientists on average earn $75K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Research Scientist


For Assistant Research Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Monsanto Company; in fact, median earnings sit around $56K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Survey results suggest that Assistant Research Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Neuroscience, Data Management, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Research Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Assistant Research Scientists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Assistant Research Scientists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,481

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Assistant Research Scientists will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Ann Arbor (+14 percent), and Raleigh (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Research Scientists is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boulder (16 percent less) and Kansas City (14 percent less).

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Key Stats for Assistant Research Scientist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲57%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
▲5%

Neuroscience
▲4%

Data Management
▲1%

National Average
$41,000



Project Management
▼2%

Technical Writing
▼2%



Chemistry
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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