An Entry-Level Research Scientist earns an average salary of £28,910 per year. A skill in Chemistry is associated with high pay for this job.

£19,759 - £39,058
MEDIAN: £28,628
Salary £19,759 - £39,058
Bonus £153.19 - £3,939
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£19,711 - £39,445
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Currency: GBP
  • Updated: 18 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 359

Research Scientist Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: £28,927

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Research Scientist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Research Scientist in Oxford:
Do not do a part time PhD, it gains you nothing, takes longer and the public sector views it as "a credit to themselves as employers" that they let you do one as opposed to a credit to you for achieving a PhD while working full-time for them. No account of this achievement will be taken when you look for promotion.

Research Scientist in London:
"Egos and "stupid" questions"
I also thought science would have less politics and would be about the facts, but it is very heavy on politics and run by a lot of egos, everyone is bright (or thinks they are) and argue often based on their opinions rather than on a logical or factual basis. Be aware of politics, you cannot avoid it. You don't have to sell your soul to be a savvy political animal, just don't be naive about it and think you can't be involved. In fact if you have ideas or "stupid" questions, speak up because often they are good ideas and good questions and if you mention them to someone else they make take credit, or if you dither then someone else will eventually think of the same thing. Idea stealing happens a lot in science so be aware of it and often being more open is better, getting your ideas out there. Perks however are tea break culture (in the hour incubation experiments!) and clever people to converse with, people in general are down to earth and nice.

Key Stats for Research Scientist


49 %
51 %
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years

Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries


Project Management

Chemical Process Engineering

Research Analysis

Molecular Biology

Protein Purification


National Average

Data Analysis


49 %
51 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 56%