Assistant Research Scientist Salary

An average Assistant Research Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $49K, respectively — total cash payment to Assistant Research Scientists can bottom out near $29K or peak near $63K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (55 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Assistant Research Scientists is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,346 - $65,223
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$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,091
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$10.42 - $24.69
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,346 - $65,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $49,316  
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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$29,115 - $63,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $24.69  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $49,316  
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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$29,115 - $63,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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

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

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Many Assistant Research Scientists move into a Research Scientist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $74K per year.

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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, Biotechnology, Data Management, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Neuroscience and Chemistry. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Assistant Research Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Assistant Research Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,106

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

Assistant Research Scientists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Assistant Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+22 percent), Ann Arbor (+17 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boulder and Kansas City (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
up arrow 6%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$41,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
up arrow 4%

Neuroscience
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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