Assistant Research Scientist Salary

The average Assistant Research Scientist in the United States earns approximately $42K annually. Cash earnings for Assistant Research Scientists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $63K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Assistant Research Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,346 - $65,223
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$65K
MEDIAN: $42,091
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$10.42 - $24.69
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,346 - $65,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
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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$29,115 - $63,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $24.69  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
   
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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$29,115 - $63,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant Research Scientists move into roles as Research Scientists, where pay is an average $74K per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Biotechnology, Data Management, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Neuroscience and Chemistry. Most people who know Data Analysis also know 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.


Assistant Research Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Assistant Research Scientists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,106

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Research Scientists, 22 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+22 percent), Ann Arbor (+17 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Assistant Research Scientists in Philadelphia report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Boulder and Kansas City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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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
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Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
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National Average
$41,000

Project Management
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Technical Writing
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
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Neuroscience
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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