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Research Fellow Salary (United States)

A Research Fellow earns an average salary of $50,157 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Chemical Process Engineering and Statistical Analysis. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Research Fellow Salary (?
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$35,485 - $156,419
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MEDIAN: $50,157
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Research Fellow Salary (?
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$8.55 - $80.27
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,485 - $156,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $47,835  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $38,783  
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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$35,325 - $179,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $80.27  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $47,835  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $38,783  
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).
)
$35,325 - $179,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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
  • Provide coaching and supervision to lower level research scientists.
  • Conduct highly complex research and analysis on multi-disciplinary technical projects.
  • Participate in related technical or professional societies as a recognized authority.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Research Fellow

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Fellow

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
up arrow 130%
Chicago
up arrow 111%
Minneapolis
up arrow 34%
Washington
up arrow 32%
Bethesda
up arrow 26%
San Francisco
up arrow 16%
National Average
$50,000
New York
up arrow 4%
Cambridge
up arrow 7%
Baltimore
up arrow 10%
Nashville
up arrow 12%
Boston
up arrow 15%
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Experience Affects Research Fellow Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 251%
Experienced
up arrow 95%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Research Fellow Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 304%
Statistical Analysis
up arrow 75%
Policy Analysis
up arrow 1%
Legal Research
up arrow 1%
National Average
$50,000
Research Analysis
up arrow 2%
Data Analysis
up arrow 5%
Technical Writing
up arrow 9%
Grant Writing
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 10%