Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of $69,672 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Data Mining / Data Warehouse, Software Development, Data Modeling, Matlab, and Engineering Design.
Entry-Level Research Scientist Total Pay (?
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$39,968 - $100,165
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MEDIAN: $69,671
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Entry-Level Research Scientist Total Pay (?
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$14.69 - $35.61
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,968 - $100,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,121  
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $9,933  
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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$39,260 - $103,053  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $35.61  
   
Overtime
$13.70 - $44.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $9,933  
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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$39,260 - $103,053  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,654
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"Science Flexibility."
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Research Scientist Salaries

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Software Development
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Data Modeling
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Matlab
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Engineering Design
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Material Science
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Project Management
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Product Development
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Research Analysis
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$70,000
Microsoft Office
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Clinical Research
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Gender
Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%
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