Research Scientist Salary in San Diego, California

The average pay for a Research Scientist in San Diego, California is $79,082 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Software Development, Data Modeling, and Technical Writing. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$48,031 - $103,170
MEDIAN: $79,081

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$46,869 - $107,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Software Development
up arrow 19%

Data Modeling
up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 11%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 1%

National Average

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 5%

Product Development
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Stem Cell
up arrow 19%

Clinical Research
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%