Research Scientist Salary

A Research Scientist earns an average salary of $77,028 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Data Modeling, Engineering Design, Matlab, and Chemical Process Engineering. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$46,816 - $115,490
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$77K
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MEDIAN: $76,871
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$15.44 - $45.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,816 - $115,490  
   
Bonus
$1,238 - $15,375  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $15,484  
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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$45,355 - $119,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $45.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$20.07 - $57.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,238 - $15,375  
   
Commission
$6,450  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $15,484  
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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$45,355 - $119,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Research Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 2,492 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 1,522 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 830 salaries. A Research Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 230 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,493

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Research Scientist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Research Scientist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 404 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

▲20%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$76,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 404 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 9%
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