Assistant Research Scientist Salary (United States)

An Assistant Research Scientist earns an average salary of $41,610 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Data Analysis is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
Assistant Research Scientist Total Pay (?
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$31,437 - $69,022
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MEDIAN: $41,610
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Assistant Research Scientist Total Pay (?
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$10.36 - $25.62
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,437 - $69,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,831  
Profit Sharing
$4,188 - $27,200  
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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$29,835 - $65,773  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$24.57 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,831  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,188 - $27,200  
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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$29,835 - $65,773  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Research Scientist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Diego
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Madison
up arrow 19%
Baltimore
up arrow 18%
San Francisco
up arrow 10%
New York
up arrow 3%
Washington
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Boston
up arrow 5%
Houston
up arrow 13%
Seattle
up arrow 15%
Philadelphia
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Boulder
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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%
Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 17%
Biotechnology
0%
National Average
$41,000
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 5%
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Gender
Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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