Assistant Research Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $43K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Assistant Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Male Assistant Research Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,922 - $64,291
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MEDIAN: $42,508
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$10.24 - $23.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,922 - $64,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$3,700  
Total Pay (?
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$27,510 - $63,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $23.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $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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$27,510 - $63,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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 $74K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists flock to Monsanto Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $56K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Neuroscience, Technical Writing, and Data Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemistry. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Assistant Research Scientists. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $44K. Assistant Research Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Assistant Research Scientists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,237

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

For Assistant Research Scientists, working in the bustling city of Baltimore has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Ann Arbor (+14 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Assistant Research Scientists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Assistant Research Scientists in Minneapolis bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Kansas City and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Assistant Research Scientist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
065
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
up arrow 6%

Neuroscience
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Project Management
up arrow 1%




Chemistry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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