Mid-Career Research Scientist Salary

Earnings for Mid-Career Research Scientists come in at around $78K per year on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Mid-Career Research Scientists generally range from $49K to $119K depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city 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 reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the majority of Mid-Career Research Scientists (64 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,526 - $114,719
(Median)
$50K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,642
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$17.70 - $45.74
(Median)
$18
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,526 - $114,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,665  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $15,101  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$49,218 - $119,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $45.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,665  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $15,101  
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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$49,218 - $119,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Employees of International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $129K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $82K to $154K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at University of Washington (UW) — the median salary comes to just $54K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,454

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

For Mid-Career Research Scientists, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mid-Career Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Cambridge (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Princeton (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Workers in Atlanta and Durham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
up arrow 31%

Data Modeling
up arrow 22%

Engineering Design
up arrow 17%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 15%

Material Science
up arrow 13%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$78,000

Research Analysis
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Product Development
up arrow 2%

Project Management
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Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Clinical Research
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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