Research Scientist Salary in Houston, Texas

Research Scientists in Houston take home approximately $80K per year on average. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Research Scientists in Houston, Texas claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,820 - $112,619
MEDIAN: $79,771

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$50,200 - $121,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $75K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $84K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $111K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $105K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect 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

Clinical Research
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Microsoft Office
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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.


21 %
79 %

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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 4%