The average Mid-Career Research Scientist earns approximately $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Research Scientists bottoms out near $49K and approaches $122K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. The specific employer and the particular city 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. Most Mid-Career Research Scientists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 60 percent of Mid-Career Research Scientists are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,603 - $118,328
(Median)
$50K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,315
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$19.36 - $48.25
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$19
$29
$48
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,603 - $118,328  
   
Bonus
$1,611 - $15,893  
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $19,933  
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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$49,478 - $122,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.36 - $48.25  
   
Overtime
$19.92 - $68.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,611 - $15,893  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $19,933  
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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$49,478 - $122,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Mid-Career Research Scientists include Merck & Co., Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Monsanto Company, Amazon.com Inc, and University of Washington (UW). Mid-Career Research Scientists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where the average salary comes to $141K. Also paying near the top of the field are Amgen Corporation at $120K, Amazon.com Inc at $112K, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where Mid-Career Research Scientists annually earn $109K.

Merck & Co., Inc., Battelle-Pacific Northwest National, and Monsanto Company also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $80K, $92K, and $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,952

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With a pay rate for Mid-Career Research Scientists that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mid-Career Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+35 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and Princeton (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (18 percent lower) and Boulder (7 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
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Engineering Design
up arrow 30%

Matlab
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Data Modeling
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Material Science
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$79,000

Data Analysis
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Biotechnology
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Product Development
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Technical Writing
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Clinical Research
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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