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Assistant Research Scientist Salary (United States)

Earnings for Assistant Research Scientists in the United States come in at around $42K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant Research Scientists (56 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assistant Research Scientist Salary (?
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$31,125 - $69,400
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MEDIAN: $42,051
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Assistant Research Scientist Salary (?
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$10.54 - $25.22
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,125 - $69,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,184  
Profit Sharing
$4,294 - $7,500  
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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$29,790 - $65,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.54 - $25.22  
   
Overtime
$20.38 - $35.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,294 - $7,500  
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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$29,790 - $65,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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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It's not very common for Assistant Research Scientists to move on to become Research Scientists. Average pay for a Research Scientist is $74K annually.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist

Survey results suggest that Assistant Research Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Data Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Molecular Biology, and Data Management. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. Assistant Research Scientists see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

Baltimore
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$41,000
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Seattle
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Houston
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For Assistant Research Scientists, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Assistant Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Madison (+16 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boulder Assistant Research Scientists earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Portland (22 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Biotechnology
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Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$41,000
Molecular Biology
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Data Management
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%