Mid-Career Research Scientist Salary

Mid-Career Research Scientists pull down an average of $78K annually. Total cash compensation to Mid-Career Research Scientists varies from $49K to $119K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Mid-Career Research Scientists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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90%

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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 (?
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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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Although International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $129K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $82K to $154K.

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 company's rate.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,454

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Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Mid-Career Research Scientists in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mid-Career Research Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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
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Material Science
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Matlab
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$78,000

Research Analysis
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Product Development
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Project Management
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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 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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