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Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of $70,467 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Development, Chemical Process Engineering, Matlab, Data Modeling, and Engineering Design.
Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (?
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$40,325 - $101,337
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MEDIAN: $70,467
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Entry-Level Research Scientist Salary (?
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$14.57 - $35.88
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,325 - $101,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $10,181  
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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$39,547 - $104,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,612
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $35.88  
   
Overtime
$13.70 - $44.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $10,181  
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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$39,547 - $104,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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 35%
Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 24%
Matlab
up arrow 17%
Data Modeling
up arrow 15%
Engineering Design
up arrow 14%
Material Science
up arrow 12%
Data Analysis
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Product Development
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Research Analysis
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Project Management
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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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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
62%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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