Research Scientist Salary in San Francisco

A Research Scientist in San Francisco, California earns an average salary of $89,677 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Matlab, Software Development, Data Modeling, and Product Development. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$48,754 - $133,151
MEDIAN: $89,677

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$48,645 - $138,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

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Software Development
up arrow 19%

Data Modeling
up arrow 16%

Product Development
up arrow 11%

Data Analysis
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

National Average

up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 19%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%