Research Intern Salary

Research Interns in the United States take home an average $14.98 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Interns. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by about one in six, and approximately one-tenth earn vision coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,183 - $97,811
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MEDIAN: $38,346
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$10.13 - $25.75
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MEDIAN: $14.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$25,183 - $97,811  
   
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$22,014 - $59,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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$10.13 - $25.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$21.91  
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$22,014 - $59,850  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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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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Though some Research Interns move into positions like Management Consultant (where the average salary is $93K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Research Intern is to become a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator or a Research Associate. Compared to Research Interns, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Skills for Research Intern


Research Interns generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Statistical Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,708

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

For those looking to make money, Research Interns in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Research Interns will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent) and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

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Key Stats for Research Intern

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
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%


Statistical Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Research Analysis
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼5%

Market Research
▼20%

Online Research
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 84%