$77,504
Avg. Salary
$24.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$6,086

Profit Sharing

$4,859

Commission

$1,000

The average pay for a Research Scientist is $22.88 per hour.

The average pay for a Research Scientist is $73,270 per year.

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$0$120K
Salary $47,481 - $116,825
Bonus $1,465 - $15,298
Profit Sharing $1,004 - $15,291
Commission $1,000
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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$45,648 - $120,788
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,948
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $15.48 - $43.46
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $20.44 - $56.96
Annual Data $0$120K
Bonus $1,465 - $15,298
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $1,004 - $15,291
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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$45,648 - $120,788
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 543

Job Description for Research Scientist

A research scientist is a scientist who works primarily with gathering knowledge and understanding research. While many scientists are employed in applied scientific fields that involve development and design work, a research scientist typically can be found in academic settings or similar areas. Because these scientists are engaged in pure research work that may not have immediate application in the business or consumer world, they tend to rely on grants and funding from academic and charitable foundations. Research scientists typically perform experiments, make observations, and create detailed papers of their findings for peer review and publishing.

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Research Scientist Tasks

  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge, and publish findings in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media.
  • Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

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Common Career Paths for Research Scientist


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Popular Skills for Research Scientist

Pay by Experience Level for Research Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Research Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 2,492 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $79,000 based on 1,522 salaries. An experienced Research Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 830 salaries. A 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 $92,000 based on 230 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,313

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Research Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Scientist?

Research Scientist in Seattle:
Pros: Flexible schedule, helps the world, location.
Cons: Low pay, Strange hours sometimes, Travel around city during work, coworker, No overtime pay, Limited funding for research.

Research Scientist in Philadelphia:
"Area standard of living."
Use caution on area cost of living info from placement agency.

Research Scientist in San Diego:
"Study Hard and Work Hard."
First, study long and hard in your education. Then, put a lot of time and effort in your work. Trust yourself, and don't stifle your own creative ideas or ideas for teaming with other people and groups. Show your employer that you are willing to put in the time to do a job well, including after hours if need be, within reason. Keep communication good with your employer and try to work well with other people. You will succeed!

Research Scientist in Cambridge:
Keep a close eye on promotions you deserve. If they don't come to you, you better look for them!

Research Scientist in Bristol:
"Overall satisfaction."
Pros: Friendly work environment. A lot of paid time off. Flexibility allowed in work schedule. Variety of projects. Ability to learn new instrumentation and analytical methods.
Cons: At times - short deadlines that can require a lot of overtime and weekend work. The work can get very tedious.

Research Scientist in San Antonio:
"Know the percent of graduates to job openings."
Know computer software better. Take the time to get minor degrees.

Research Scientist in Johnston:
"Science Flexibility."
Agricultural science is a tough path, but can pay well. Many scientists don't make it and that is tough when you've spent so much time in your education. Make sure your major professor is well respected and connected and has a history or graduating his students into jobs or good post-docs. Agribusiness can be rewarding, but there aren't many companies to choose from which means you are restricted to some degree in where you can live.

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Key Stats for Research Scientist

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 877 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Research Scientist Salaries

▲19%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$77,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Research Scientist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 877 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%