A Research Scientist earns an average salary of $76,961 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Engineering Design, Data Modeling, Matlab, and Chemical Process Engineering. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$46,498 - $115,768
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$46K
$77K
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MEDIAN: $76,961
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$15.35 - $43.72
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,498 - $115,768  
   
Bonus
$1,605 - $15,370  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,304  
Commission
$6,450  
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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$45,007 - $119,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,115
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Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $43.72  
   
Overtime
$19.93 - $59.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,605 - $15,370  
   
Commission
$6,450  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,304  
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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$45,007 - $119,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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Job Description for Research Scientist

A research scientist is a scientist who works primarily with gathering knowledge and understanding research. While many scientists are employed in applied scientific fields that involve development and design work, a research scientist typically can be found in academic settings or similar areas. Because these scientists are engaged in pure research work that may not have immediate application in the business or consumer world, they tend to rely on grants and funding from academic and charitable foundations. Research scientists typically perform experiments, make observations, and create detailed papers of their findings for peer review and publishing.

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Research Scientist Tasks

  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,751

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Research Scientist Reviews

What is it like working as a Research Scientist?

Research Scientist in Bristol:
"Overall satisfaction."
Pros: Friendly work environment. A lot of paid time off. Flexibility allowed in work schedule. Variety of projects. Ability to learn new instrumentation and analytical methods.
Cons: At times - short deadlines that can require a lot of overtime and weekend work. The work can get very tedious.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries




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$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 387 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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