Pay for Assistant Research Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. For the most part, Assistant Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Assistant Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,754 - $64,345
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MEDIAN: $42,734
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$10.45 - $23.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,754 - $64,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,346 - $63,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $23.72  
   
Overtime
$9.75 - $35.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,346 - $63,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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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 $74K per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Neuroscience, Data Collection, Biotechnology, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. Assistant Research Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. As Assistant Research Scientists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,579

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 27 percent. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Ann Arbor (+15 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Assistant Research Scientists in Boulder take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Kansas City and Boston (13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Neuroscience
up arrow 7%

Data Collection
up arrow 5%

Biotechnology
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
0%

Data Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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