Research Intern Salary
Research Interns in the United States pull down an average of $14.79 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Research Interns (54 percent) survey respondents. Just under one-fifth enjoy medical while roughly one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in ten. Most Research Interns like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$24,080 - $77,281|
|Total Pay (||$20,812 - $58,111|
|Hourly Rate||$9.90 - $25.61|
|Total Pay (||$20,812 - $58,111|
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.Read More...
Research interns may work with management and/or stakeholders to identify research subjects and plan the efforts, and research is done using various media and by obtaining original data. It may be necessary to reach out and correspond with outside parties to gain more insight, and the gathered materials should be organized and made into reports. Data may need to be analyzed to come to conclusions and breakthroughs, and it may be necessary to synthesize large amounts of data at once. However, the work also requires plenty of teamwork and interacting with outside parties, so strong communication skills are essential in this position.
Research interns must maintain basic knowledge of the subject matter being researched, and much of the work is done in an office environment while some work is done in the field, which may involve traveling or working in uncomfortable areas. It may occasionally be necessary to work independently, so research interns should also be able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
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
There are some Research Interns — though it's uncommon — that transition into Management Consultants, where earnings are an average $93K annually. When Research Interns are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Research Associates or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $5K, respectively.
Popular Skills for Research Intern
Survey results imply that Research Interns put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Statistical Analysis.
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