Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Assistant Research Scientists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K annually. Total cash compensation for Assistant Research Scientists runs from $29K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $49K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (55 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Assistant Research Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,410 - $65,160
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,215
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$10.74 - $25.04
(Median)
$11
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,410 - $65,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$29,397 - $62,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.74 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $37.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
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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$29,397 - $62,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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.

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There are some Assistant Research Scientists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research Scientists, where earnings are an average $74K annually.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Neuroscience, Data Collection, Biotechnology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management. 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.


For Assistant Research Scientists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Assistant Research Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $58K.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), Madison (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Assistant Research Scientists in Philadelphia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boulder (20 percent lower) and Kansas City (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Neuroscience
up arrow 6%

Biotechnology
up arrow 4%

Data Collection
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

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
11%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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