Research Scientist Salary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Scientists in Philadelphia take home approximately $74K per year on average. Male Philadelphia Research Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. The majority of Research Scientists in Philadelphia, Pa. claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,158 - $107,336
MEDIAN: $74,067

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Research Scientists in Philadelphia who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. Research Scientists in Philadelphia, Pa. who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $89K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $112K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect 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%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 6%