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Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary

An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of $71,280 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Chemical Process Engineering, Matlab, Data Modeling, and Engineering Design.

$40,891 - $103,026
(Median)
$41K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,280
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$14.60 - $36.74
(Median)
$15
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,891 - $103,026  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,404  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $10,227  
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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$40,046 - $107,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,748
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $36.74  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $44.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,404  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $10,227  
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).
)
$40,046 - $107,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179

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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 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 Entry-Level Research Scientist Salaries

Software Development
up arrow 31%

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 21%

Matlab
up arrow 18%

Data Modeling
up arrow 18%

Engineering Design
up arrow 14%

Material Science
up arrow 10%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Clinical Research
up arrow 14%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 422 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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