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Research Intern Salary (United States)

Average Research Interns in the United States make around $12.59 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Research Interns who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Interns. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fifth, and around one in eight earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Research Intern Salary (?
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$19,942 - $63,418
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MEDIAN: $32,482
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Research Intern Salary (?
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$9.67 - $24.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,942 - $63,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$20,116 - $52,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $24.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$20,116 - $52,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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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 Mechanical Engineer or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator, roles that pay $35K more and $9K more on average.

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Survey takers who work as Research Interns report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Online Research and Research Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 12%
National Average
$27,000
New York
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With a pay rate for Research Interns that is 12 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. With compensation 10 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Research Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 37%
National Average
$27,000

Skills That Affect Research Intern Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 50%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 14%
National Average
$27,000
Research Analysis
up arrow 7%
Online Research
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 18% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 82%