Average Research Fellow Salary

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The average salary for a Research Fellow is $51,265.
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$34k - $154k
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$3k - $15k
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$33k - $164k

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Job Description for Research Fellow

Research Fellow Tasks
  • Use independent judgment to conceive, conduct and evaluate new and existing technologies and products; prepare findings for scientific publication.
  • Operate technical and scientific equipment for scientific experimentation.
  • Participate in related technical or professional societies as a recognized authority.
  • Provide coaching and supervision to lower level research scientists.
  • Conduct highly complex research and analysis on multi-disciplinary technical projects.

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Fellow

The top respondents for the job title Research Fellow are from the companies National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Washington (UW) and Mayo Clinic. Reported salaries are highest at National Institutes of Health (NIH) where the average pay is $56,325. University of Washington (UW) pays the lowest at around $48,834.

Career Paths

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Research Fellow
Research Scientist
Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology
Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
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Popular Skills for Research Fellow

Skills in Technical Writing and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology, Data Analysis and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Fellow

An entry-level Research Fellow with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $44,589 based on 38 salaries. An early career Research Fellow with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,893 based on 218 salaries. A mid-career Research Fellow with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,336 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Research Fellow with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,031 based on 42 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $158,261.
Employees with Research Fellow in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 15.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (7.8% more) and Bethesda, Maryland (7.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Baltimore, Maryland (10.1% less), Los Angeles, California (8.6% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (7.2% less).

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