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Research Scientist Salary in Seattle

For Research Scientists in Seattle, Wash., annual average wages total $65K per year. The particular firm and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Research Scientists in Seattle who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,315 - $114,358
MEDIAN: $65,300

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$38,315 - $114,358  
$0.00 - $21,816  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$37,436 - $120,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221

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University of Washington (UW) reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $54K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist in Seattle, Washington

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 Seattle, Wash. — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $63K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $65K. Seattle Research Scientists see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Research Scientists in Seattle with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $74K.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist in Seattle, Washington Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Research Scientist in Seattle, Washington Salaries

Data Modeling
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National Average

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Office
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 22%

Stem Cell
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Job Satisfaction

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


49 %
51 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%