Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Average Assistant Research Scientists in the United States make around $43K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (52 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Assistant Research Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,665 - $64,187
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$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,916
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$10.15 - $22.48
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MEDIAN: $17.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,665 - $64,187  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$29,045 - $63,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $33.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
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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$29,045 - $63,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Research Scientist


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Assistant Research Scientists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Research Scientist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $75K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Research Scientist


Monsanto Company leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $56K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Neuroscience, Data Management, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chemistry, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Research Scientist

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Research Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Research Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 250 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Research Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Assistant Research Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 38 salaries. An Assistant Research Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,881

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

For Assistant Research Scientists, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Ann Arbor (+13 percent), and Raleigh (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Research Scientists is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers in Boulder and Kansas City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Assistant Research Scientist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲55%

▲6%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
▲4%

Neuroscience
▲3%

Data Management
▼0%

National Average
$42,000



Project Management
▼3%

Technical Writing
▼3%



Chemistry
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 13%
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