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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a post-doctoral scientist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $24.58 an hour? That's $51,128 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 8% and produce 10,600 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Post-Doctoral Scientist Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a post-doctoral scientist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 17.5% of post-doctoral scientists included phd, while 11.9% of resumes included molecular biology, and 11.3% of resumes included research projects. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the post-doctoral scientist job title. But what industry to start with? Most post-doctoral scientists actually find jobs in the education and health care industries.

How To Become a Post-Doctoral Scientist

If you're interested in becoming a post-doctoral scientist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 1.9% of post-doctoral scientists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 6.2% of post-doctoral scientists have master's degrees. Even though most post-doctoral scientists have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a post-doctoral scientist. In fact, many post-doctoral scientist jobs require experience in a role such as research assistant. Meanwhile, many post-doctoral scientists also have previous career experience in roles such as graduate research assistant or teaching assistant.

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Average Salary
$51,128
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
8%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
28,936
Job Openings

Post-Doctoral Scientist Career Paths

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Top Careers After Post-Doctoral Scientist

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Average Salary for a Post-Doctoral Scientist

Post-Doctoral Scientists in America make an average salary of $51,128 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $63,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $41,000 per year.
Average Salary
$51,128

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Hoboken, NJ
Salary Range59k - 95k$75k$75,198
New Haven, CT
Salary Range54k - 86k$69k$68,669
Richmond, CA
Salary Range54k - 84k$67k$67,483
Norwood, MA
Salary Range51k - 79k$64k$64,180
Philadelphia, PA
Salary Range48k - 79k$63k$62,557
Columbia, MD
Salary Range47k - 78k$61k$60,717
$33k
$95k

Recently Added Salaries

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Post Doctoral Scientist
Post Doctoral Scientist
George Washington University
George Washington University
12/19/2020
12/19/2020
$53,01912/19/2020
$53,019
Post-Doctoral Scientist, WU Lab
Post-Doctoral Scientist, WU Lab
George Washington University
George Washington University
11/25/2020
11/25/2020
$53,01911/25/2020
$53,019
Post-Doctoral Scientist
Post-Doctoral Scientist
George Washington University
George Washington University
10/30/2020
10/30/2020
$53,01910/30/2020
$53,019
Postdoctoral Scientist
Postdoctoral Scientist
University of Utah
University of Utah
10/22/2020
10/22/2020
$52,70410/22/2020
$52,704
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Biomedical Informatics
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Biomedical Informatics
George Washington University
George Washington University
09/18/2020
09/18/2020
$53,01909/18/2020
$53,019
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Post-Doctoral Scientist Demographics

Gender

male

51.4 %

female

31.0 %

unknown

17.6 %

Ethnicity

White

48.3 %

Asian

34.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

8.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

German

17.9 %

French

12.8 %

Chinese

7.7 %
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Post-Doctoral Scientist Education

Degrees

Doctorate

46.0 %

Bachelors

38.4 %

Masters

11.1 %

Top Colleges for Post-Doctoral Scientists

1. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

3. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

4. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

5. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

6. University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,226
Enrollment
31,568

7. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

8. Yale University

New Haven, CT • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,430
Enrollment
5,963

9. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

10. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,816
Enrollment
6,840
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Top Skills For a Post-Doctoral Scientist

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 17.5% of post-doctoral scientists listed phd on their resume, but soft skills such as communication skills and observation skills are important as well.

Best States For a Post-Doctoral Scientist

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a post-doctoral scientist. The best states for people in this position are New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, and Delaware. Post-doctoral scientists make the most in New Jersey with an average salary of $74,547. Whereas in Nevada and Connecticut, they would average $70,429 and $68,517, respectively. While post-doctoral scientists would only make an average of $67,508 in Delaware, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New Jersey

Total Post-Doctoral Scientist Jobs:
1,388
Highest 10% Earn:
$116,000
Location Quotient:
1.73
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Delaware

Total Post-Doctoral Scientist Jobs:
165
Highest 10% Earn:
$107,000
Location Quotient:
1.3
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Massachusetts

Total Post-Doctoral Scientist Jobs:
2,471
Highest 10% Earn:
$96,000
Location Quotient:
2.66
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Post-Doctoral Scientist Employers

1. The George Washington University
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$48,690
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
86+
2. Eli Lilly and Company
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$65,752
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
63+
3. Schlumberger
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$86,937
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
47+
4. Nationwide Children's Hospital
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$45,705
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
46+
5. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$47,692
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
35+
6. Biogen
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$67,197
Post-Doctoral Scientists Hired: 
27+

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Updated October 2, 2020