Research Interns in the United States can expect wages of $14.80 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fifth, and one-seventh earn dental coverage. For the most part, Research Interns enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Research Interns who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,270 - $71,475
(Median)
$23K
$39K
$71K
MEDIAN: $38,956
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$9.82 - $25.08
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,270 - $71,475  
   
Bonus
$650  
Total Pay (?
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$20,596 - $55,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $25.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$15.10 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$650  
   
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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$20,596 - $55,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 Research Associate or a Mechanical Engineer. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $32K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Intern


Research Interns seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Online Research and Market Research, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Statistical Analysis.

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Experience Affects Research Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 119%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Research Intern Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Statistical Analysis
0%

National Average
$31,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 19%

Online Research
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
32%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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