Assistant Research Scientist Salary

For Assistant Research Scientists, annual average wages total $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. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Assistant Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Research Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,439 - $65,125
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$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,114
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$10.84 - $25.01
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,439 - $65,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$29,467 - $63,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 415
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $25.01  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$29,467 - $63,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Research Scientist


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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


Assistant Research Scientists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Research Analysis, and Data Collection are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Molecular Biology.

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. 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 $47K. On average, Assistant Research Scientists make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Assistant Research Scientists in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Assistant Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Madison (+16 percent), and Raleigh (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Philadelphia Assistant Research Scientists earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boulder (20 percent lower) and Kansas City (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Neuroscience
up arrow 6%

Biotechnology
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Data Collection
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Data Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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