Assistant Research Scientist Salary (United States)

An Assistant Research Scientist earns an average salary of $41,418 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Assistant Research Scientist Salary (?
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$31,616 - $69,549
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MEDIAN: $41,417
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Assistant Research Scientist Salary (?
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$10.26 - $25.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,616 - $69,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,586  
Profit Sharing
$4,188 - $27,200  
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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$29,668 - $65,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$21.12 - $42.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,586  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,188 - $27,200  
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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$29,668 - $65,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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San Diego
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Madison
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San Francisco
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Washington
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New York
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$41,000
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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$41,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Analysis
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Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
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$41,000
Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%