Mid-Career Research Scientists can expect wages of $79K annually on average. In the world of Mid-Career Research Scientists, overall income ranges from $50K near the bottom to $122K at the top; this can include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Mid-Career Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Mid-Career Research Scientists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,765 - $118,574
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MEDIAN: $78,643
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$19.44 - $47.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,765 - $118,574  
   
Bonus
$1,482 - $16,214  
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $17,517  
Total Pay (?
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$49,673 - $122,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.44 - $47.89  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $68.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,482 - $16,214  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $17,517  
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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$49,673 - $122,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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Many Mid-Career Research Scientists can be found at Merck & Co., Inc., Amazon.com Inc, Monsanto Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the most; Mid-Career Research Scientists earn $139K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amgen Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where earnings of $120K, $116K, or $97K are standard for Mid-Career Research Scientists.

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: $79,185

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For Mid-Career Research Scientists, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Mid-Career Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like South San Francisco (+35 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Boulder and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Research Scientist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
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5-9 years
81%
10-19 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
up arrow 29%

Engineering Design
up arrow 28%

Matlab
up arrow 22%

Data Modeling
up arrow 20%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 18%

Material Science
up arrow 10%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$79,000


Product Development
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Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Clinical Research
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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