Research Fellow Salary

A Research Fellow earns an average salary of $49,628 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Chemical Process Engineering, Project Management, and Policy Analysis. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$32,592 - $147,169
$33K
$51K
$150K
MEDIAN: $50,735
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50%
90%

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$10.07 - $38.37
$10
$19
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MEDIAN: $18.79
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$0$150K
Salary $32,592 - $147,169
Bonus $1,000 - $50,000
Profit Sharing $7,000
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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$31,958 - $150,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 233
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $10.07 - $38.37
Overtime $48.50
Annual Data $0$150K
Bonus $1,000 - $50,000
Profit Sharing $7,000
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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$31,958 - $150,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Research Fellow

A research fellow holds a time-limited research position at a university, clinic, or similar environment. They continue their academic training in the research program of a principal investigator, helping build their experience and contribute to their field. Some tasks that research fellows may perform include designing laboratory experiments, applying standard scientific protocols to experiments and research, helping improve current investigatory methods, and evaluating emerging techniques in the field as required. Research fellows draft and edit scientific reports and articles, as well as design and perform experiments and record data according to the needs of the project. They may also need to independently reproduce, research, and improve techniques currently used and convert to new techniques as required. Research fellows typically work full time in a laboratory environment, although hours and environment may vary depending on the project's needs.

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Research Fellow Tasks

  • Use independent judgment to conceive, conduct and evaluate new and existing technologies and products; prepare findings for scientific publication.
  • Operate technical and scientific equipment for scientific experimentation.
  • Participate in related technical or professional societies as a recognized authority.
  • Provide coaching and supervision to lower level research scientists.
  • Conduct highly complex research and analysis on multi-disciplinary technical projects.

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Fellow

Pay by Experience for a Research Fellow has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Fellow with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 165 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Fellow with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Research Fellow which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 34 salaries. A Research Fellow with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $166,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,242

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Research Fellow Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Fellow?

Research Fellow in Singapore:
"Curiosity, perservance and excitement."
Pros: The jest of being a RF was summarized as the 3 points - being curious gets on new research, perservance to see it through and the excitement when you find something that contribute to the well-being of science.
Cons: Low pay and slow career prospects.

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Key Stats for Research Fellow

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Research Fellow Salaries

▲230%

▲52%

▲6%

National Average
$50,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Research Fellow Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
▲289%

Project Management
▲44%


Legal Research
▲2%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
▼2%


Clinical Research
▼3%




Grant Writing
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 17%
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