Average Philadelphia Research Scientists make around $73K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men working as Research Scientists in Philadelphia, Pa. who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Work is enjoyable for Research Scientists in Philadelphia, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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About Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
741,270 (47.3%)
826,172 (52.7%)
Philadelphia (/ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə/) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populous in the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297. In the Northeastern United States, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley, a metropolitan area home to 7.2 million people and the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals in the Revolutionary War, and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center...

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

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

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $67K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $87K on average. Research Scientists in Philadelphia with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $112K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 33%

Product Development
up arrow 23%

National Average

Molecular Biology
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Project Management
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


48 %
52 %

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: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 11%