Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of $69,965 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Data Mining / Data Warehouse, Software Development, Data Modeling, Engineering Design, and Material Science.
Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (?
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$40,193 - $100,480
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MEDIAN: $69,965
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Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (?
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$14.61 - $35.64
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$40,193 - $100,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,185  
Profit Sharing
$62.19 - $10,017  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$39,386 - $103,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $35.64  
   
Overtime
$13.57 - $45.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,185  
   
Profit Sharing
$62.19 - $10,017  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$39,386 - $103,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Research Scientist Salaries

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 42%
Software Development
up arrow 38%
Data Modeling
up arrow 18%
Engineering Design
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Material Science
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Matlab
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Data Analysis
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Product Development
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Project Management
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Research Analysis
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National Average
$70,000
Technical Writing
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Microsoft Office
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Clinical Research
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Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%