Average Salary for RAND Corporation Employees

Operating out of Santa Monica, Calif., RAND Corporation employs talent in positions ranging from Research Associate to Research Analyst. The average RAND Corporation employee earns $75K per year. The most important factor affecting pay for RAND Corporation employees is your role at the company, though your experience level and your city play a role as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
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Senior Researcher
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Santa Monica, California 94710


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Senior Researchers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $176K annually; Directors of Operations and Administration come in second with average earnings amounting to $135K, while Systems Administrators and Contract Administrators rank near the top as well ($79K and approximately $69K, respectively). Earning only $50K on average, Research Analysts make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $76K per year. The greater proportion of employees (32 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $64K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $129K per year) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Santa Monica, Calif.; Washington, DC ($76K), Pittsburgh, Pa. (approximately $75K), and Los Angeles, Calif. ($66K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of New York, N.Y. — at around $53K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Virginia, where salaries average out at approximately $116K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a CompTIA Security+ Expert certainly has its perks — salaries approach $80K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) make the most here, hauling in $157K annually.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Operations Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $135K per year. A relatively widespread skill at RAND Corporation is Research Analysis; just under a third of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are Data Analysis, Project Management, and Policy Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just 43 percent receive paid time off. Workers wishing to put aside retirement money are in luck; RAND Corporation sponsors various plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. For almost all survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage, too. Some other advantages of working at RAND Corporation are a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.

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