Research Scientists in Houston, Texas can expect to earn an average of $68K annually. Men working as Research Scientists in Houston who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,699 - $106,233
MEDIAN: $67,512

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $62K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $64K. For Research Scientists in Houston, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Research Scientist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $85K on average.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Data Modeling
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Material Science
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National Average

Data Analysis
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Clinical Research
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Research Analysis
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Technical Writing
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

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


46 %
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%