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Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Median pay for Assistant Research Scientists in the United States is around $42K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Assistant Research Scientists is high. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (56 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,425 - $66,894
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$30K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,182
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$11.13 - $25.25
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,425 - $66,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,281  
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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$29,410 - $63,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $42.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,281  
   
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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$29,410 - $63,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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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Advancing into a Research Scientist role seems to be a popular career move for Assistant Research Scientists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $74K per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $48K. Assistant Research Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Research Scientists that is 46 percent greater than the national average, Baltimore offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Raleigh (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boulder, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Kansas City and 5 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 38%


National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Neuroscience
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Data Management
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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