Average Research Scientist Salary

$79,453
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$6,139
Bonus
$562
Commission
$4,896
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The average salary for a Research Scientist is $79,453.
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$49k
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$120k
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What Do Research Scientists Do?

Job Satisfaction for Research Scientist

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The top respondents for the job title Research Scientist are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, University of Washington (UW) and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where the average pay is $153,245. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Amazon.com Inc and Johnson & Johnson, earning around $121,627 and $104,805, respectively. Eurofins pays the lowest at around $54,631. University of Washington (UW) and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $56,185 and $75,076, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Research Scientists?

Skills in Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Data Analysis and Research Analysis.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientists?

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 $74,204 based on 704 salaries. An early career Research Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,745 based on 3,222 salaries. A mid-career Research Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,437 based on 2,109 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,254 based on 1,301 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $98,381.
Employees with Research Scientist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 29.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cambridge, Massachusetts (24.2% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (12.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9.2% less) and New York, New York (0.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 7,760 survey responses.
Entry Level
9.1%
Early Career
41.5%
Mid Career
27.2%
Experienced
16.8%
Late Career
5.5%