Average Research Scientist Salary in Australia

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The average salary for a Research Scientist in Australia is AU$79,537.
MEDIAN AU$79,537
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AU$56k - AU$115k
AU$1k - AU$15k
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AU$56k - AU$113k

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Job Description for Research Scientist

Research Scientist Tasks
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Career Paths

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Research Scientist
Medical Writer
Research & Development (R&D) Manager
Research Fellow
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Popular Skills for Research Scientist

Skills in Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Molecular Biology, Product Development and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

An entry-level Research Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$68,553 based on 19 salaries. An early career Research Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$70,565 based on 86 salaries. A mid-career Research Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$77,420 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$89,629 based on 66 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$112,000.
Employees with Research Scientist in their job title in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) earn an average of 15.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Perth, Western Australia (9.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Brisbane, Queensland (2.8% less), Sydney, New South Wales (2.7% less) and Adelaide, South Australia (2.7% less).

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