Research Scientist Salary in San Diego, California

The average pay for a Research Scientist in San Diego, California is $79,375 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$47,817 - $102,714
MEDIAN: $79,375

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$47,817 - $102,714  
$0.00 - $10,585  
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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).
$45,871 - $106,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist in San Diego, California

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist in San Diego, California Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Research Scientist in San Diego, California Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 9%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

National Average

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Product Development
up arrow 8%

Stem Cell
up arrow 19%

Clinical Research
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.


39 %
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%