Research Scientist in Houston, Texas Salary

Houston Research Scientists take home an average $77K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Research Scientists in Houston (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,595 - $114,605
MEDIAN: $77,324

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$49,964 - $121,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

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

For many Houston Research Scientists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $80K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $74K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $103K on average. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $105K on average.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Material Science
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Data Analysis
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Data Modeling
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Research Analysis
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National Average

Microsoft Office
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Clinical Research
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Engineering Design
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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 13 votes.


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80 %

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: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 4%