Research Intern Salary

An average Research Intern in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.07 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one in seven claim medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Research Interns (55 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,990 - $87,500
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$36K
$88K
MEDIAN: $36,000
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$10.31 - $26.39
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MEDIAN: $15.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$23,990 - $87,500  
   
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$23,213 - $60,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $26.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$12.66 - $51.38  
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$23,213 - $60,944  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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Job Description for Research Intern

Research interns are often college students who work on research projects for companies, and many positions require that the intern is currently working toward a bachelor's or master's degree. This may be a paid or non-paid position depending on the company.

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Research Intern Tasks

  • Participate in developing parts or modules of larger projects while under supervision.
  • Research and report on state-of-the-field and potential opportunities.
  • Contribute to framing questions, documentation, and testing of prototypes or algorithms.

Common Career Paths for Research Intern


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There are some Research Interns — though it's uncommon — that transition into Management Consultants, where earnings are an average $93K annually. Typical career progression for a Research Intern involves becoming a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator or a Research Associate, roles that pay $5K more and $13K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Research Intern


Research Interns report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Online Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Market Research and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Statistical Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,755

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Research Interns, 24 percent above the national average. Research Interns will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent) and New York (+10 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Research Intern

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
35%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
1%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Research Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
▲116%

National Average
$32,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Research Intern Salaries

Technical Writing
▲4%


National Average
$32,000

Research Analysis
▼1%

Statistical Analysis
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼5%

Market Research
▼20%

Online Research
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
35%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 85%
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