Research Scientist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Salary

Philadelphia Research Scientists can expect to earn an average of $73K per year. The specific employer and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Research Scientists in Philadelphia, Pa. making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Research Scientists in Philadelphia report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$37,803 - $104,269
MEDIAN: $72,799

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$38,041 - $114,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. Research Scientists in Philadelphia with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $112K.

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Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Material Science
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Project Management
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Product Development
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National Average

Data Analysis
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Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


44 %
56 %

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: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 6%