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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Doctoral Fellow Salary

$51,044 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

$24.54 hourly

Entry level Salary
$38,000 yearly
$38,000
10 %
$51,044
Median
$67,000
90 %

How much does a Doctoral Fellow make?

Doctoral fellows make $51,044 per year on average, or $24.54 per hour, in the United States. Doctoral fellows on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $67,000.

Location impacts how much a doctoral fellow can expect to make. Doctoral fellows make the most in Maine, New Jersey, Tennessee, California, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For Doctoral Fellows

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

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Doctoral Fellow average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Jersey$65,288$31.39677
2Maine$77,181$37.1151
3Tennessee$64,371$30.95202
4Connecticut$62,790$30.19120
5Massachusetts$58,851$28.291,464
6California$64,029$30.782,002
7Rhode Island$61,456$29.5539
8Minnesota$56,098$26.97276
9Delaware$54,908$26.4056
10Vermont$54,417$26.1628
11New Hampshire$58,619$28.1844
12New York$53,356$25.651,257
13Arizona$56,903$27.36153
14Pennsylvania$52,418$25.20413
15Indiana$55,652$26.76137
16Maryland$52,645$25.31399
17Wisconsin$52,541$25.26157
18Illinois$52,670$25.32394
19Nevada$54,403$26.1625
20Colorado$49,781$23.93316
21Hawaii$63,185$30.3816
22Oregon$48,270$23.21247
23Oklahoma$52,742$25.3653
24Washington$48,035$23.09598
25Michigan$50,380$24.22180
26Nebraska$45,997$22.1179
27Wyoming$47,104$22.6517
28North Carolina$46,647$22.43319
29District of Columbia$47,611$22.89141
30Arkansas$49,430$23.7624
31Iowa$45,736$21.99110
32New Mexico$43,151$20.75115
33Ohio$46,338$22.28236
34Alaska$45,825$22.0327
35Kentucky$45,857$22.0577
36Virginia$45,488$21.87314
37Kansas$43,960$21.1380
38Montana$44,238$21.2737
39Florida$45,523$21.89323
40Texas$43,000$20.67591
41Idaho$43,854$21.0842
42Missouri$40,245$19.35241
43Alabama$42,871$20.6166
44West Virginia$36,594$17.5955
45Georgia$39,553$19.02344
46South Dakota$40,871$19.6521
47Louisiana$39,946$19.2085
48Utah$38,751$18.6367
49Mississippi$39,017$18.7638
50North Dakota$35,667$17.1524
51South Carolina$36,473$17.5462

Highest Paying Cities For Doctoral Fellows

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$66,890$32.16
2Memphis, TN$64,980$31.24
3Farmington, CT$63,503$30.53
4Cambridge, MA$59,141$28.43
5Indianapolis, IN$55,531$26.70
6New York, NY$53,172$25.56
7Baltimore, MD$52,965$25.46
8Evanston, IL$52,893$25.43
9Ardmore, OK$52,787$25.38
10Milwaukee, WI$52,671$25.32
11Philadelphia, PA$52,478$25.23
12Aurora, CO$49,762$23.92
13Seattle, WA$48,273$23.21
14Portland, OR$47,926$23.04
15Washington, DC$47,589$22.88

Doctoral Fellow Salary Details

Doctoral Fellow Salary

What is a Doctoral Fellow's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$67,000$5,583$32
75th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
Average$51,044$4,254$25
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Research Scientist$84,125$7,010$40.4493,013
Staff Scientist$84,998$7,083$40.86121,054
Researcher$64,563$5,380$31.0430,498
Research And Development Scientist$87,961$7,330$42.29129,803
Scientist$94,940$7,912$45.6462,467
PHD Researcher$51,221$4,268$24.6319,736

Which Companies Pay Doctoral Fellows The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, IBM and Jefferson Lab are the highest paying companies for doctoral fellows.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1IBM$99,978$48.0725
2Jefferson Lab$82,529$39.68
3Los Alamos National Security LLC$74,578$35.85
4AbbVie$74,568$35.8592
5Regeneron$72,428$34.8222
6Ncar - The National Center For Atmospheric Research$72,068$34.652
7Amgen$71,704$34.4745
8Gilead Sciences$70,277$33.7952
9Johnson & Johnson$70,175$33.74238
1023andMe$69,217$33.289
11Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory$68,388$32.881
12Stanford University$67,585$32.4950
13Middlebury College$64,833$31.171
14Everyday Health$64,237$30.882
15Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute$64,236$30.888
16Genentech$64,118$30.83143
17Goldman Sachs$62,979$30.283
18Pfizer$62,663$30.13108
19Middlesex Health$61,718$29.671
20Biogen$61,578$29.607

How Much Do Doctoral Fellows Make In Different Industries?

Doctoral fellow salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the pharmaceutical, professional, and health care industries tend to offer much higher salaries for doctoral fellows. For example, doctoral fellows make a whopping average salary of $61,550 while working in the pharmaceutical industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $56,964 in the professional industry and $54,732 in the health care industry.

Doctoral fellows may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $52,044.

Highest Paying Industries For Doctoral Fellows

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Pharmaceutical$61,550$29.59
2Professional$56,964$27.39
3Health Care$54,732$26.31
4Education$52,044$25.02

High Paying Doctoral Fellow Jobs

Doctoral Fellow Salary Trends

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.

Average Doctoral Fellow Salary Over Time

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

    Doctoral Fellow Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$51,000$24.54+3.0%
    2021$49,500$23.81+4.5%
    2020$47,300$22.74+3.2%
    2019$45,800$22.01+1.9%
    2018$44,900$21.60-2.1%

    Recently Added Doctoral Fellow Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Utah State UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow II-Plant Population Biology-ECLogan, UT05/31/2022$52,000
    Everyday Health GroupPrime Education PHD Fellowship: Medical and Scientific WritingFort Lauderdale, FL05/31/2022$62,610
    Florida Atlantic UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow-Telkes LabBoca Raton, FL05/31/2022$54,835
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)Postdoctoral Fellow IBoulder, CO05/27/2022$70,270
    Van Andel InstitutePostdoctoral Fellow In Immunology, Epigenetics and Cellular MetabolismGrand Rapids, MI05/25/2022$57,200
    The Research Foundation Suny DownstateTransport Postdoctoral FellowNew York, NY05/23/2022$60,000
    Northeastern Ohio Medical UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow-(DRS. Chilian and P. Zhang)Enon, OH05/22/2022$46,300
    University of South CarolinaPostdoctoral FellowColumbia, SC05/20/2022$52,000
    Lower East Side Tenement MuseumPublic History Postdoctoral FellowNew York, NY05/18/2022$70,000
    University of VirginiaDarden Future Year Scholars Dean's FellowCharlottesville, VA05/16/2022$50,000

    Doctoral Fellow Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Doctoral Fellows the most?

    Maine pays Doctoral Fellows the most in the United States, with an average salary of $77,181 per year, or $37.11 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Doctoral Fellow?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Doctoral Fellow if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $65,288 per year.

    What type of Doctoral Fellow gets paid the most?

    Medical Science Liaison gets paid the most. Medical Science Liaison made a median salary of $113,905. The best-paid 10 percent make $174,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $74,000.

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