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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Fellow Salary

$61,218 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

$29.43 hourly

Entry level Salary
$43,000 yearly
$43,000
10 %
$61,218
Median
$86,000
90 %

How much does a Fellow make?

Fellows make $61,218 per year on average, or $29.43 per hour, in the United States. Fellows on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $43,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $86,000.

Location impacts how much a fellow can expect to make. Fellows make the most in Tennessee, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Highest Paying States For Fellows

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

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Fellow average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Rhode Island$76,692$36.8725
2Connecticut$79,126$38.0450
3Delaware$71,142$34.2025
4Tennessee$88,338$42.4765
5Idaho$73,806$35.4826
6New York$70,032$33.67544
7California$79,799$38.36520
8Arizona$72,487$34.85104
9Minnesota$68,438$32.90186
10Massachusetts$68,276$32.83635
11Pennsylvania$68,222$32.80261
12Wisconsin$69,804$33.5686
13New Jersey$77,395$37.21104
14Maine$70,447$33.8721
15Illinois$68,734$33.05196
16Indiana$71,535$34.3949
17Oregon$63,359$30.46161
18Washington$64,720$31.12186
19Maryland$66,913$32.17162
20New Hampshire$63,769$30.6634
21Wyoming$60,014$28.8515
22West Virginia$59,812$28.7638
23Michigan$63,095$30.33117
24District of Columbia$65,213$31.3595
25Colorado$60,304$28.99177
26Ohio$61,183$29.41111
27Kentucky$58,205$27.9859
28Hawaii$67,116$32.2711
29Iowa$56,119$26.9893
30Vermont$56,526$27.1826
31South Dakota$59,434$28.5712
32Alaska$57,019$27.4122
33Virginia$58,805$28.27187
34Montana$59,053$28.3914
35Nebraska$57,541$27.6629
36Kansas$52,621$25.3056
37Oklahoma$53,928$25.9347
38New Mexico$53,914$25.9231
39Nevada$57,375$27.5815
40Arkansas$55,607$26.7322
41North Carolina$56,334$27.0894
42Georgia$47,110$22.65245
43Florida$53,058$25.51159
44Texas$51,785$24.90202
45Missouri$53,627$25.7840
46North Dakota$44,224$21.2615
47Alabama$50,510$24.2840
48Utah$48,070$23.1136
49South Carolina$46,230$22.2359
50Mississippi$47,356$22.7722
51Louisiana$41,963$20.1740

Highest Paying Cities For Fellows

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Oak Ridge, TN$88,437$42.52
2San Francisco, CA$85,846$41.27
3Bridgeport, CT$79,571$38.26
4Providence, RI$76,640$36.85
5Portland, ME$71,234$34.25
6Indianapolis, IN$71,202$34.23
7New York, NY$70,223$33.76
8Milwaukee, WI$69,955$33.63
9Springfield, MA$69,275$33.31
10Chicago, IL$69,075$33.21
11Allentown, PA$68,650$33.00
12Minneapolis, MN$68,485$32.93
13Baltimore, MD$67,232$32.32
14Seattle, WA$65,425$31.45
15Washington, DC$65,278$31.38

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Oak Ridge, TN
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Bridgeport, CT
  4. Providence, RI
  5. Portland, ME

Fellow Salary Details

Fellow Salary

What is a Fellow's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$86,000$7,167$41
75th Percentile$73,000$6,083$35
Average$61,218$5,102$29
25th Percentile$50,000$4,167$24
10th Percentile$43,000$3,583$21

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Public Affairs Internship$33,409$2,784$16.0657,898
Laboratory Researcher$39,225$3,269$18.8657,359
Research Scientist$84,125$7,010$40.4493,013
Policy Internship$59,308$4,942$28.5147,625
Staff Scientist$84,998$7,083$40.86121,054
PHD Researcher$51,221$4,268$24.6319,736

Which Companies Pay Fellows The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Cincinnati Eye Institute and Middlesex Health are the highest paying companies for fellows.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Cincinnati Eye Institute$132,155$63.54
2Middlesex Health$118,463$56.951
3Amd$116,433$55.982
4Parkview Health$115,352$55.46
5Middlebury College$114,146$54.881
6McKinsey & Company Inc$113,111$54.3867
7Northwestern Medical Center$110,961$53.35
8OrthoIndy$108,579$52.20
9Lewis & Clark College$107,667$51.76
10BuzzFeed$106,750$51.32
11Federal Reserve$104,547$50.262
12East-West Center$98,898$47.55
13Johnson & Johnson$98,610$47.4181
14Massachusetts Medical Society$98,423$47.321
15Foreign Policy$98,164$47.19
16Micron Technology$97,622$46.93
17Center for American Progress$96,119$46.21
18East Tennessee State University$94,686$45.52
19AT&T$94,366$45.378
20Alcon$93,560$44.98

Fellow Salary Trends

The salary for a 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 Fellow Salary Over Time

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

    Fellow Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$61,200$29.43+3.0%
    2021$59,400$28.56+4.5%
    2020$56,700$27.28+3.2%
    2019$54,900$26.40+1.9%
    2018$53,900$25.90-2.1%

    Recently Added Fellow Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Uchealthor Fellowship-Surgery CenterEnglewood, CO06/01/2022$69,038
    The Forward AssociationEditorial FellowNew York, NY06/01/2022$37,304
    Govhr USALeadership In Conservation Fellow-Champaign County Forest Preserve DistrictChampaign, IL05/31/2022$45,000
    Blueprint Math Fellow 2020-2021 In Oakland, CaliforniaAmericorps Member Math FellowNashville, TN05/31/2022$30,345
    Blueprint Math Fellow 2020-2021 In Oakland, CaliforniaAmericorps Member Math FellowDenver, CO05/31/2022$31,345
    Blueprint Math Fellow 2020-2021 In Oakland, CaliforniaAmericorps Member Math FellowEast Saint Louis, IL05/31/2022$31,345
    Blueprint Math Fellow 2020-2021 In Oakland, CaliforniaAmericorps Member Math FellowOakland, CA05/31/2022$34,345
    Blueprint Math Fellow 2020-2021 In Oakland, CaliforniaAmericorps Member Math FellowWashington, DC05/31/2022$34,345
    Saga EducationAmericorps Member Math FellowColumbia, SC05/29/2022$26,000
    James Madison UniversityWoodson Martin Democracy FellowHarrisonburg, VA05/29/2022$36,523

    Fellow Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Fellows the most?

    Tennessee pays Fellows the most in the United States, with an average salary of $88,338 per year, or $42.47 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Fellow 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 $79,799 per year.

    What type of 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.

    What is a good starting salary for a Fellow?

    A good starting salary for a fellow is $43,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a fellow in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for fellows is $61,218, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a fellow can vary by state.

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