An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of $72,362 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Engineering Design, Data Modeling, Matlab, and Material Science.

$42,721 - $109,663
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MEDIAN: $72,362
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$14.82 - $40.30
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,721 - $109,663  
   
Bonus
$1,239 - $15,374  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,976 - $114,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $40.30  
   
Overtime
$20.18 - $58.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,239 - $15,374  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $11,000  
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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$40,976 - $114,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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National Average: $71,641

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Research Scientist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Research Scientist in San Diego:
"Study Hard and Work Hard."
First, study long and hard in your education. Then, put a lot of time and effort in your work. Trust yourself, and don't stifle your own creative ideas or ideas for teaming with other people and groups. Show your employer that you are willing to put in the time to do a job well, including after hours if need be, within reason. Keep communication good with your employer and try to work well with other people. You will succeed!

Research Scientist in San Antonio:
"Know the percent of graduates to job openings."
Know computer software better. Take the time to get minor degrees.

Research Scientist in Johnston:
"Science Flexibility."
Agricultural science is a tough path, but can pay well. Many scientists don't make it and that is tough when you've spent so much time in your education. Make sure your major professor is well respected and connected and has a history or graduating his students into jobs or good post-docs. Agribusiness can be rewarding, but there aren't many companies to choose from which means you are restricted to some degree in where you can live.

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Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
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up arrow 17%

Material Science
up arrow 14%

Chemical Process Engineering
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National Average
$72,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Biotechnology
up arrow 3%


Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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