Research Scientist Salary

A Research Scientist earns an average salary of $75,695 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Data Modeling, Engineering Design, Chemical Process Engineering, and Matlab. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$45,582 - $110,678
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$46K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,695
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$15.17 - $42.60
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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Salary
$45,582 - $110,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,633  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$44,307 - $115,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,215
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Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $42.60  
   
Overtime
$17.68 - $49.10  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,633  
   
Profit Sharing
$981 - $10,067  
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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$44,307 - $115,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Job Description for Research Scientist

Research scientists are highly educated individuals with logical, independent minds that can study and investigate the world around us to increase the breadth of human knowledge. Their realm of work is in understanding the world, making new discoveries and developing new products based on these breakthroughs. There is a lot of education and hard work that goes into becoming a research scientist. Most employers expect at least a bachelor's degree in a scientific field. Most will pursue a master's or doctoral degree in their field. Employers seeking individuals to work in a laboratory are looking for experience with laboratory procedures, computer analysis, and setting up and implementing experiments. For those seeking research scientists for field work, it is good to have classwork experience with field techniques, data collection and observational studies. All candidates should possess excellent analytical skills, meticulous attention to detail, patience and determination. Because research scientists are responsible for writing research papers, reports, reviews and completing funding applications and bids, they should have excellent writing skills and an ability to clearly present their findings. The location where research scientists work depends on their field of expertise: Most will work in a laboratory conducting experiments and studying samples. Some candidates will work in the field collecting specimens and observing wildlife. There are some who will work in an office environment using computers to analyze and study their subjects. Research scientists can be hired by government labs, environmental agencies, specialized research organizations and consultancies and pharmaceutical companies just to name a few.


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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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
$76,000


Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries





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Product Development
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Data Analysis
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$76,000

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Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 856 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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