Research Scientist Salary in Seattle

Seattle Research Scientists take home an average $70K per year. The specific employer and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Scientists in Seattle, Wash. Men working as Research Scientists in Seattle who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,282 - $119,071
MEDIAN: $69,984

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$38,947 - $124,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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Less than half of the top paying employer's rate, University of Washington (UW) offers a median salary of just $54K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $73K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $71K. Research Scientists in Seattle claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Research Scientists in Seattle, Wash. who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $79K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Software Development
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Data Modeling
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National Average

Project Management
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Product Development
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Technical Writing
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Office
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Clinical Research
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Molecular Biology
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Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.


47 %
53 %

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: 97% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 3%