These Are The 10 States With The Highest Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do research associate/postdoctoral research fellows get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for research associate/postdoctoral research fellows by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for research associate/postdoctoral research fellows by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for research associate/postdoctoral research fellows after this adjustment? That would be Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Delaware
  3. North Carolina
  4. New Jersey
  5. Ohio
  6. Kansas
  7. Alabama
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Maine
  10. Tennessee

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for research associate/postdoctoral research fellows from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $105310, so our index value would be:

$105,310 * (100 / 135.9) = $77,490

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for research associate/postdoctoral research fellows.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Research Associate/postdoctoral Research Fellow Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Arkansas $132,169 $115,120 87.1
2 Delaware $112,850 $114,430 101.4
3 North Carolina $106,687 $100,180 93.9
4 New Jersey $105,512 $128,620 121.9
5 Ohio $102,718 $96,350 93.8
6 Kansas $102,424 $92,080 89.9
7 Alabama $97,763 $89,160 91.2
8 Pennsylvania $95,936 $97,280 101.4
9 Maine $94,268 $104,450 110.8
10 Tennessee $93,154 $83,280 89.4
11 Oklahoma $90,504 $80,730 89.2
12 Utah $89,086 $82,850 93.0
13 Arizona $88,102 $86,340 98.0
14 New Mexico $87,025 $83,980 96.5
15 Texas $86,063 $78,060 90.7
16 West Virginia $86,038 $80,360 93.4
17 Maryland $85,920 $107,830 125.5
18 Louisiana $83,702 $79,350 94.8
19 South Carolina $81,955 $81,300 99.2
20 Washington $80,560 $84,750 105.2
21 California $77,490 $105,310 135.9
22 Illinois $77,420 $73,240 94.6
23 Montana $77,380 $78,000 100.8
24 Florida $76,866 $75,560 98.3
25 Colorado $74,903 $77,750 103.8
26 New Hampshire $74,589 $87,270 117.0
27 Michigan $74,089 $65,940 89.0
28 Massachusetts $70,907 $94,590 133.4
29 New York $70,832 $92,790 131.0
30 Minnesota $70,793 $71,360 100.8
31 Iowa $70,362 $64,030 91.0
32 Wisconsin $70,175 $67,930 96.8
33 South Dakota $69,180 $71,740 103.7
34 Georgia $69,157 $63,210 91.4
35 Idaho $68,545 $63,130 92.1
36 Oregon $66,565 $76,950 115.6
37 North Dakota $66,277 $65,880 99.4
38 Missouri $66,106 $59,760 90.4
39 Kentucky $62,928 $56,950 90.5
40 Mississippi $56,763 $48,760 85.9
41 Nebraska $56,582 $51,830 91.6
42 Hawaii $50,708 $85,140 167.9