Updated August 22, 2022

Average Graduate Research Student Salary

$16.66hourly

$34,658 yearly

Entry level Salary
$19,000 yearly
$19,000
10 %
$34,658
Median
$60,000
90 %

How much does a Graduate Research Student make?

Graduate research students make $34,658 per year on average, or $16.66 per hour, in the United States. Graduate research students on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $19,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000.

Location impacts how much a graduate research student can expect to make. Graduate research students make the most in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Graduate Research Students

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

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Graduate Research Student average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Pennsylvania$48,842$23.481,563
2Massachusetts$46,911$22.551,594
3New Jersey$43,402$20.871,059
4Maine$42,775$20.56130
5Connecticut$43,399$20.86333
6Michigan$39,037$18.77840
7Indiana$40,381$19.41578
8Wisconsin$41,548$19.98449
9Ohio$38,409$18.47937
10Rhode Island$35,392$17.02165
11Maryland$46,087$22.16437
12Illinois$36,825$17.701,284
13New Hampshire$35,561$17.10198
14Delaware$36,299$17.45145
15Oregon$34,589$16.63720
16Colorado$34,839$16.75714
17California$36,092$17.354,433
18Vermont$33,134$15.93109
19New York$39,612$19.04979
20Texas$36,927$17.751,728
21New Mexico$32,327$15.54231
22Minnesota$33,234$15.98770
23Idaho$35,026$16.84138
24Hawaii$37,111$17.8482
25West Virginia$32,544$15.65134
26Alabama$35,280$16.96250
27Virginia$34,356$16.52909
28Alaska$32,030$15.4085
29Kansas$32,662$15.70236
30South Dakota$31,634$15.2199
31District of Columbia$35,491$17.06159
32Wyoming$28,639$13.7773
33Mississippi$32,627$15.69158
34Tennessee$29,178$14.03640
35Montana$29,991$14.42114
36North Dakota$29,759$14.3187
37Washington$32,076$15.42678
38Nevada$32,129$15.45140
39Arizona$29,697$14.28596
40Missouri$28,888$13.89657
41Louisiana$31,199$15.00196
42North Carolina$29,169$14.02854
43Iowa$27,893$13.41368
44Nebraska$26,349$12.67289
45South Carolina$30,027$14.44222
46Oklahoma$28,363$13.64253
47Kentucky$28,236$13.57266
48Utah$26,053$12.53307
49Florida$27,011$12.991,424
50Georgia$28,036$13.48794
51Arkansas$26,168$12.58199

Highest Paying Cities For Graduate Research Students

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Boston, MA$46,801$22.50
2Edison, NJ$43,449$20.89
3Appleton, WI$41,781$20.09
4Cleveland, OH$40,213$19.33
5Detroit, MI$39,380$18.93
6Sunnyvale, CA$37,526$18.04
7Chicago, IL$37,174$17.87
8Austin, TX$37,095$17.83
9Arlington, VA$35,829$17.23
10Huntsville, AL$35,421$17.03
11Providence, RI$35,341$16.99
12Colorado Springs, CO$35,103$16.88
13Albany, OR$34,903$16.78
14Jackson, MS$32,715$15.73
15Lawrence, KS$32,608$15.68

Graduate Research Student Salary Details

Average Graduate Research Student Salary Graph
Average Graduate Research Student Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Graduate Research Student's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
75th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
Average$34,658$2,888$17
25th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12
10th Percentile$19,000$1,583$9

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Postdoctoral Scholar$57,587$4,799$27.6918,983
Laboratory Internship$35,305$2,942$16.9790,970
Research Laboratory Technician$38,308$3,192$18.4286,476
Research Fellow$53,823$4,485$25.8859,746
Research Internship$39,573$3,298$19.0395,123
Research Technician$43,034$3,586$20.6964,786

Which Companies Pay Graduate Research Students The Most?

The highest paying companies for graduate research students are Capgemini and ConocoPhillips according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Google and Los Alamos National Laboratory report highly competitive wages for graduate research students.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Capgemini$92,862$44.6511
2ConocoPhillips$88,947$42.76
3Google$88,716$42.65122
4Los Alamos National Laboratory$70,379$33.84176
5Dana-Farber Cancer Institute$58,728$28.23103
6Abbott$52,223$25.1121
7Cleveland Clinic$43,990$21.15108
8PSEA$42,893$20.629
9Henry Ford Health System$41,805$20.1033
10UES$40,909$19.6710
11Fred Hutch$39,719$19.1033
12Lifespan$39,711$19.0935
13Legacy Health$39,352$18.924
14Maverick Transportation$38,230$18.38180
15UCLA$35,519$17.08214
16The University of Kansas Health System$35,518$17.081
17Randstad North America, Inc.$34,924$16.7922
18Selmet$34,271$16.48
19CIA Inc$33,748$16.23
20Broken Hill Proprietary$33,748$16.23

Graduate Research Student Salary Trends

Average Graduate Research Student Salary Over Time

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

    Graduate Research Student Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$34,700$16.66+2.0%
    2021$34,000$16.33+7.8%
    2020$31,300$15.05+3.7%
    2019$30,100$14.49-5.5%
    2018$31,800$15.29+10.0%

    Recently Added Graduate Research Student Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    University of FloridaOPS Student ResearcherGainesville, FL07/21/2022$31,305
    RandstadGraduate Research StudentScottsdale, AZ01/07/2020$35,479
    University of KansasGraduate Research StudentLawrence, KS11/15/2019$31,305
    RandstadGraduate Research StudentColumbus, OH10/11/2019$39,653
    University of UtahGraduate Research StudentSalt Lake City, UT08/28/2019$25,044
    University of UtahGraduate Research StudentSalt Lake City, UT07/22/2019$25,044
    University of KansasGraduate Research StudentLawrence, KS06/28/2019$20,870
    University of CaliforniaGraduate Research StudentBerkeley, CA06/17/2019$45,300
    Chapman UniversityGraduate Research StudentOrange, CA06/04/2019$27,131
    SDSU Research FoundationGraduate Research StudentSan Diego, CA05/15/2019$51,945

    Graduate Research Student Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Graduate Research Students The Most?

    Pennsylvania pays Graduate Research Students the most in the United States, with an average salary of $48,842 per year, or $23.48 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Graduate Research Student?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Graduate Research Student if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $46,911 per year.

    What Type Of Graduate Research Student Gets Paid The Most?

    Research Scientist gets paid the most. Research Scientist made a median salary of $89,998. The best-paid 10 percent make $112,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $71,000.

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