Mid-Career Research Scientist Salary

Mid-Career Research Scientists can expect to earn an average of $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Research Scientists bottoms out near $50K and approaches $121K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Mid-Career Research Scientists (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Mid-Career Research Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,587 - $118,374
$50K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,155
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$19.47 - $48.08
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$29
$48
MEDIAN: $29.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,587 - $118,374  
   
Bonus
$1,158 - $16,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $20,134  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$49,530 - $121,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.47 - $48.08  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $68.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,158 - $16,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $20,134  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$49,530 - $121,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Merck & Co., Inc., Amazon.com Inc, Monsanto Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Mid-Career Research Scientists. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $139K. Amazon.com Inc, Amgen Corporation, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company also offer top salaries for Mid-Career Research Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $116K, $115K, and $97K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Merck & Co., Inc. ($80K), Battelle-Pacific Northwest National ($91K), and Monsanto Company ($92K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,606

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mid-Career Research Scientists, 55 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in South San Francisco (+36 percent), San Francisco (+33 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boulder and New York (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Research Scientist

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
5-9 years
80%
10-19 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
▲27%

Engineering Design
▲25%

Data Modeling
▲21%

Matlab
▲21%

Chemical Process Engineering
▲18%

Material Science
▲11%

Data Analysis
▲1%

Research Analysis
▼0%

Product Development
▼0%

National Average
$79,000




Clinical Research
▼12%

Microsoft Office
▼15%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%
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