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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Assistant Research Scientist Salary

$58,486 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$28.12 hourly

Entry level Salary
$42,000 yearly
$42,000
10 %
$58,486
Median
$80,000
90 %

How much does an Assistant Research Scientist make?

Assistant research scientists make $58,486 per year on average, or $28.12 per hour, in the United States. Assistant research scientists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $42,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $80,000.

Location impacts how much an assistant research scientist can expect to make. Assistant research scientists make the most in California, Oregon, Delaware, Illinois, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Assistant Research Scientists

The darker areas on the map show where assistant research scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Assistant Research Scientist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Oregon$74,310$35.73813
2Delaware$70,746$34.01214
3District of Columbia$81,930$39.39250
4Illinois$69,504$33.421,612
5California$78,680$37.833,655
6Alaska$69,489$33.41143
7Maryland$67,884$32.641,493
8New Jersey$67,988$32.691,422
9West Virginia$67,387$32.40160
10Nevada$68,969$33.16165
11North Carolina$64,665$31.091,292
12Georgia$67,412$32.41929
13New Mexico$62,622$30.11299
14Kentucky$67,684$32.54262
15Rhode Island$63,181$30.38197
16Ohio$64,510$31.011,021
17Louisiana$66,080$31.77239
18Idaho$64,517$31.02190
19Washington$62,882$30.231,188
20Massachusetts$62,412$30.012,714
21Utah$59,910$28.80436
22Colorado$60,453$29.061,027
23Wyoming$58,757$28.2591
24Mississippi$62,553$30.07144
25Virginia$59,974$28.831,665
26Missouri$60,759$29.21713
27Pennsylvania$57,663$27.721,854
28Minnesota$60,561$29.12832
29Arizona$61,083$29.37684
30Indiana$61,269$29.46490
31South Carolina$61,486$29.56342
32Florida$62,047$29.831,650
33Connecticut$57,160$27.48529
34New Hampshire$56,423$27.13273
35Tennessee$56,571$27.20638
36Michigan$56,778$27.30874
37South Dakota$51,818$24.91174
38New York$53,951$25.942,653
39Arkansas$57,717$27.75181
40Wisconsin$55,046$26.46677
41Nebraska$55,512$26.69264
42Montana$54,466$26.19149
43Hawaii$55,153$26.52113
44Vermont$39,376$18.93143
45North Dakota$49,647$23.87116
46Iowa$51,383$24.70306
47Texas$48,122$23.142,244
48Kansas$49,630$23.86273
49Maine$47,102$22.65160
50Alabama$49,719$23.90273
51Oklahoma$46,891$22.54249

Highest Paying Cities For Assistant Research Scientists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$82,523$39.67
2Chicago, IL$69,633$33.48
3New Brunswick, NJ$68,300$32.84
4College Park, MD$68,233$32.80
5Atlanta, GA$67,558$32.48
6Gainesville, FL$63,884$30.71
7Albuquerque, NM$62,534$30.06
8Boston, MA$62,211$29.91
9Bloomington, IN$61,526$29.58
10Tempe, AZ$61,085$29.37
11Richmond, VA$60,182$28.93
12Laramie, WY$59,036$28.38
13West Haven, CT$57,631$27.71
14Ann Arbor, MI$57,556$27.67
15Madison, WI$55,568$26.72

Assistant Research Scientist Salary Details

Assistant Research Scientist Salary

What is an Assistant Research Scientist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$80,000$6,667$38
75th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33
Average$58,486$4,874$28
25th Percentile$49,000$4,083$24
10th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Research Fellow$52,724$4,394$25.3559,746
Scientist$94,940$7,912$45.6462,467
Research Internship$34,445$2,870$16.5695,123
Staff Scientist$84,998$7,083$40.86121,054
Graduate Research Student$36,586$3,049$17.5958,921
Research Scientist$84,125$7,010$40.4493,013

Which Companies Pay Assistant Research Scientists The Most?

The highest paying companies for assistant research scientists are University of California, Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like UW-Milwaukee and Johnson & Johnson report highly competitive wages for assistant research scientists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1University of California, Berkeley$78,939$37.95586
2UC Santa Barbara$78,265$37.6312
3UW-Milwaukee$74,076$35.616
4Johnson & Johnson$73,902$35.53504
5University of California$73,505$35.34
6University of Illinois Springfield$73,416$35.301
7Arizona State University$73,041$35.1212
8University of Michigan$68,522$32.94190
9Yale University$66,144$31.8093
10University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science$66,092$31.77157
11University$65,582$31.5333
12University of Wisconsin System$65,570$31.5244
13Michigan Technological University$64,562$31.0417
14BD$64,328$30.9361
15My Florida Regional Mls$64,051$30.7931
16University of Rhode Island$63,900$30.722
17APi Group$63,052$30.31
18Texas A&m University At Galveston$62,316$29.96
19The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i$61,777$29.70
20The University of Alabama$61,368$29.50

Assistant Research Scientist Salary Trends

Average Assistant Research Scientist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Assistant Research Scientist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$58,500$28.12+3.5%
    2021$56,500$27.15+1.8%
    2020$55,400$26.65+1.4%
    2019$54,700$26.28+6.1%
    2018$51,300$24.68+1.6%

    Recently Added Assistant Research Scientist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    University of FloridaResearch Assistant Scientist (Neuroscience)Gainesville, FL05/18/2022$53,000
    New York State Civil ServiceAssistant Research Scientist/Research Scientist 1 or Research Scientist 2 (Biostatistics)or (HealthAlbany, NY05/18/2022$49,202
    International Association for Great Lakes ResearchAssistant Research Scientist: Large River EcologyHavana, IL05/18/2022$47,500
    Miami UniversityAssistant Research ScientistOxford, OH04/19/2022$80,000
    Health Research, Inc.Assistant Research Scientist (Nysphc Fellowship Program)Albany, NY04/12/2022$47,885
    Texas A&M Engineering Experiment StationAssistant Research ScientistCollege Station, TX03/23/2022$62,000
    University of MichiganAssistant Research Scientist/Leo Adjunct LecturerAnn Arbor, MI03/23/2022$103,500
    The University of GeorgiaAssistant Research ScientistAthens, GA03/22/2022$57,600
    University of California, San FranciscoAssistant ResearcherSan Francisco, CA03/18/2022$80,800
    University of California, San FranciscoAssistant ResearcherSan Francisco, CA03/16/2022$80,800

    Assistant Research Scientist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Assistant Research Scientists the most?

    California pays Assistant Research Scientists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $81,930 per year, or $39.39 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Assistant Research Scientist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Assistant Research Scientist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $78,680 per year.

    What type of Assistant Research Scientist gets paid the most?

    Scientist gets paid the most. Scientist made a median salary of $94,940. The best-paid 10 percent make $114,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $78,000.

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