Research Scientist in Houston, Texas Salary

An average Houston Research Scientist can expect to take home roughly $77K per year. The vast majority (80 percent) of Houston Research Scientists who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Research Scientists in Houston, Texas — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $74K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $80K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $103K. Research Scientists in Houston who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $105K.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

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National Average

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.


20 %
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%