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How Much Does a Doctoral Fellow Earn In The United States?

Doctoral Fellow Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
$38,000
$48,000
$60,000
The average doctoral fellow makes about $48,477 per year. That's $23.31 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $38,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $60,000. Many of doctoral fellows seem to be drawn to education and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case doctoral fellows tend to work at technology, non profits, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Nevada, New Jersey and Alaska pay doctoral fellows the highest salaries.
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Where Doctoral Fellows Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where doctoral fellows earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Doctoral Fellows Earn In Different Cities?

While a doctoral fellow can average a salary of $48,477 per year, or $23.31 per hour, there are many opportunities for doctoral fellows to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $61,905 per year. Other high-paying locations include Farmington, CT, Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $41,000. The highest paying states for doctoral fellows include Nevada, New Jersey and Alaska. Meanwhile, Mississippi, Michigan, and Utah offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. San Francisco, CA
$61,905
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k
2. Farmington, CT
$59,240
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k
3. Philadelphia, PA
$55,117
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k
4. Baltimore, MD
$52,467
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k
5. Ardmore, OK
$50,819
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k
6. Seattle, WA
$49,868
Avg. Salary
$33k
$75k

High Paying Doctoral Fellow Jobs

Which Companies Pay Doctoral Fellows The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a doctoral fellow, being employed by a company such as Exxon Mobil or Genentech would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like IBM and Los Alamos National Security also report highly competitive salaries for doctoral fellows.
Company
Avg. Salary
$51k
$110k
Avg. Salary
$51k
$110k
Avg. Salary
$51k
$110k
Avg. Salary
$51k
$110k

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    How Much Do Doctoral Fellows Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, doctoral fellow salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, non profits, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for doctoral fellows. For example, doctoral fellows make a whopping average salary of $53,928 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $49,975 at non profits companies and $49,292 at health care companies. But doctoral fellows may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $47,658.
    1. Technology
    $53,928
    Avg. Salary
    $41k
    $62k
    2. Non Profits
    $49,975
    Avg. Salary
    $41k
    $62k
    3. Health Care
    $49,292
    Avg. Salary
    $41k
    $62k
    4. Government
    $49,028
    Avg. Salary
    $41k
    $62k
    5. Education
    $47,658
    Avg. Salary
    $41k
    $62k

    How Experience Affects Doctoral Fellow Salaries

    The salary for a doctoral fellow can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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