The average salary for a Research Scientist is C$65,184.
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Job Description for Research Scientist
A research scientist is a scientist who works primarily with gathering knowledge and understanding research. While many scientists are employed in applied scientific fields that involve development and design work, a research scientist typically can be found in academic settings or similar areas. Because these scientists are engaged in pure research work that may not have immediate application in the business or consumer world, they tend to rely on grants and funding from academic and charitable…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist
The top respondents for the job title Research Scientist are from the companies Caprion, Sanofi Pasteur and Fluidigm Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Fluidigm Corporation where the average pay is C$76,841. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include FPInnovations, earning around C$72,000. Caprion pays the lowest at around C$56,120. Sanofi Pasteur also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying C$71,500.
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Popular Skills for Research Scientist
Skills in Project Management, Product Development and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology 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 C$59,528 based on 128 salaries. An early career Research Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$61,149 based on 330 salaries. A mid-career Research Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$67,614 based on 210 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$77,160 based on 114 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$97,875.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Research Scientist in their job title in Calgary, Alberta earn an average of 14.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Vancouver, British Columbia (7.9% more) and Ottawa, Ontario (7.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in London, Ontario (11.6% less), Montréal, Québec (6.3% less) and Mississauga, Ontario (2.9% less).
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