Average Research Scientist Salary in United Kingdom

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The average salary for a Research Scientist in United Kingdom is £30,940.
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£22k - £42k
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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Scientist

The top respondents for the job title Research Scientist are from the companies Randox Laboratories, Johnson Matthey Inc. and AstraZeneca. Reported salaries are highest at GlaxoSmithKline where the average pay is £40,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Unilever and Merck KGaA, earning around £38,000 and £34,157, respectively. Randox Laboratories pays the lowest at around £24,417. Johnson Matthey Inc. and Medimmune Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying £30,521 and £34,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Research Scientist

Skills in Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis 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 £26,550 based on 88 salaries. An early career Research Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £29,463 based on 480 salaries. A mid-career Research Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £33,805 based on 251 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £37,510 based on 123 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £39,645.
Employees with Research Scientist in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 9.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cambridge, England: Cambridgeshire (8.6% more) and Oxford, England: Oxfordshire (7.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast (9.3% less), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England: Tyne and Wear (5.2% less) and Nottingham, England: Nottinghamshire (2.3% less).

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