Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Median pay for Assistant Research Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K annually. Total incomes of Assistant Research Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $49K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $63K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Assistant Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Assistant Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,497 - $64,583

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$10.55 - $24.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,497 - $64,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$29,415 - $62,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.55 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$29,415 - $62,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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While not commonly seen, Assistant Research Scientists who transition into a Research Scientist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Research Scientists is $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 Data Collection, Neuroscience, Biotechnology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Assistant Research Scientists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. Assistant Research Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Research Scientists, 46 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+20 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Madison (+16 percent), and Raleigh (+13 percent). Assistant Research Scientists in Philadelphia make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boulder and Kansas City (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
up arrow 7%

Neuroscience
up arrow 6%

Biotechnology
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$41,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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