Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Median pay for Assistant Research Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (55 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Assistant Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,933 - $67,720
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,493
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$11.56 - $25.32
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,933 - $67,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,468  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $6,750  
Total Pay (?
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$29,806 - $64,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $25.32  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,468  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $6,750  
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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$29,806 - $64,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Neuroscience, Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and Data Management. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also know Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Research Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Assistant Research Scientists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Assistant Research Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. 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.

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 37%


National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Neuroscience
up arrow 14%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%