Researcher, Scientific Salary (United States)

A Researcher, Scientific earns an average salary of $71,320 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Researcher, Scientific Salary (?
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$35,394 - $138,098
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MEDIAN: $71,320
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Researcher, Scientific Salary (?
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$11.63 - $40.90
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,394 - $138,098  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $17,879  
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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$32,487 - $144,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $40.90  
   
Overtime
$11.87 - $78.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $17,879  
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).
)
$32,487 - $144,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Researcher, Scientific

The work of a scientific researcher can vary widely, depending on the area in which he or she is acting, but his or her main duties are to do research on a given topic in his or her chosen field. Quite often, once a scientific researcher's research is done, his or her findings may be published in journals, online, or even in full book form.
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Researcher, Scientific Tasks
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media.

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Pay Difference By Location

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New York
up arrow 44%
Washington
up arrow 30%
San Francisco
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Houston
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Boston
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Seattle
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National Average
$69,000
Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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San Diego
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Portland
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Experience Affects Researcher, Scientific Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 122%
National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect Researcher, Scientific Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%
National Average
$69,000
Research Analysis
up arrow 2%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%