Assistant Research Scientist Salary

Assistant Research Scientists in the United States take home approximately $44K per year on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Assistant Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Assistant Research Scientists making up 51 percent of survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,092 - $67,084
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$45K
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MEDIAN: $44,856
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$10.70 - $21.98
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$0$67K
Salary $31,092 - $67,084
Bonus $0.00 - $6,082
Total Pay (?
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$29,823 - $65,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 127
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $10.70 - $21.98
Overtime $1.48 - $33.11
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,082
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,823 - $65,716
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43

Job Description for Assistant Research Scientist

An assistant research scientist is a member of a research team who performs many of tasks in the research process. Like the rest of the research team, the assistant research scientist must follow the scientific method. They begin by clearly identify a problem or hypothesis. Next, the assistant research scientist works with the team to formulate a testable hypothesis. After a hypothesis is formulated, the assistant research scientist helps up experiments to gather data to support or reject the hypothesis. Then, the assistant research scientist operates many of the laboratory's apparatus to perform the experiment and gather data. Upon successfully gathering data, the assistant research scientist works closely with senior researchers to analyze the data and write up the technical report. Occasionally, the assistant research scientist may be invited to participate in presentations, relaying the findings of the research team to stakeholders.

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Assistant Research Scientist Tasks

  • Develop, manage and analyze large-scale collection of data.
  • Write scholarly and technical papers regarding research.
  • Conduct and contribute to research projects.
  • Order and manage lab inventory, materials and equipment.
  • Know a variety of methods to collect and analyze data.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Research Scientist


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It's not very common for Assistant Research Scientists to move on to become Research Scientists. Average pay for a Research Scientist is $75K annually.

Assistant Research Scientist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Research Scientist


Assistant Research Scientists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Monsanto Company, where the average salary comes to $56K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Research Scientist


Survey results imply that Assistant Research Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Neuroscience, Data Management, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chemistry, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Research Scientist

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Research Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Research Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 250 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Research Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Assistant Research Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 38 salaries. An Assistant Research Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,117

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

Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Research Scientists, 29 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Research Scientists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Ann Arbor (+13 percent), and Raleigh (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Research Scientists is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Boulder and 15 percent less in Kansas City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Assistant Research Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Research Scientist?

Assistant Research Scientist in Bristol:
Pros: My group is small, so it is easy to communicate with and find members of myteam and others in the building quickly. I am able to communicate with people across various levels of employment. The laboratory is primarily a contact laboratory, so the analyst could be working on a totally different project every few months. I am given the opportunity and encouraged to set up most of my experiments with minimal guidance. My boss is available to discuss/evaluate my plans.
Cons: The work can be very tedious... You may find that you will learn just a set of techniques and all you will be doing every day is one of those few techniques over and over again. There can be some disconnect between the analysts and those higher up in management, in that there will be a demand to have data available within time constraints that cut into the analyst's life outside of work.

Assistant Research Scientist in Acton:
"Excellims Employment Offer Evaluation."
Pros: I am involved in a lot of interesting research projects and, because of the size of the company, I am able to have a higher level of involvement than I would ordinarily be allowed at a larger company.
Cons: There is a general lack of organization.

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Key Stats for Assistant Research Scientist

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲54%

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

Data Collection
▲4%

Neuroscience
▲2%

National Average
$42,000

Data Management
▼1%



Project Management
▼3%

Technical Writing
▼3%



Chemistry
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 13%