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Research Intern Salary

The average Research Intern in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.42 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Research Interns (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Slightly less than a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in eight collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Interns. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,768 - $65,510
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$66K
MEDIAN: $34,492
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90%

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$9.64 - $24.72
(Median)
$9
$13
$25
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,768 - $65,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
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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$20,191 - $53,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $24.72  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $35.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
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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$20,191 - $53,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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Job Description for Research Intern

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

Common Career Paths for Research Intern


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Though some Research Interns move into positions like Management Consultant (where the average salary is $93K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Research Intern is to become a Mechanical Engineer or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator. The former position pays an additional $33K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Research Interns report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Online Research, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

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Experience Affects Research Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 40%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Research Intern Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 25%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Online Research
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 81%
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