Research Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
$31,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Moody's
Highest Paying City
New Brunswick, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Average Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a research assistant make?
Research Assistants in America make an average salary of $45,269 per year or $21.76 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 35,000. The top 10 percent earn over $66,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $31,000 annually. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Research Assistants are Education companies and Health Care companies. New Jersey, Hawaii, California, West Virginia, and Rhode Island have the highest paying Research Assistant jobs. Most Research Assistants spend 1.6 years in the position.

Average Research Assistant Salary By Location

Across America, Research Assistants make on average $45,269 annually or $21.76 hourly. Working in New Brunswick, NJ as a Research Assistant will pay you the highest wages at around $57,879 per year. Even an entry-level Research Assistant makes $32,000 per year in New Brunswick, NJ. New Jersey, Hawaii, California, West Virginia, and Rhode Island are the top 5 highest earning states for Research Assistants. Kentucky, Utah, Montana, South Dakota, and Oklahoma have the lowest reported salaries for Research Assistants.

Map of Research Assistant Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Research Assistant Salary By Company

There is good job security in Research Assistant positions. Some industries offer better pay and benefit packages than others. Education companies and Health Care companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. The two companies that report the highest salaries for Research Assistants are Moody's and Google. Companies like Citi and JPMorgan Chase also pay high salaries to their Research Assistants.
Company
Average Salary
$111,689
$112k
$111,080
$111k
$109,939
$110k
$88,903
$89k
$80,387
$80k

Average Research Assistant Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a Research Assistant works in can influence their earning potential. Our data shows that Health Care companies, Education companies, and Manufacturing companies tend to have the highest salaries for Research Assistants. Health Care companies pay their Research Assistants the highest wages, averaging $50,352 per year. Education companies and Manufacturing companies pay well too, at $43,953 and $42,839, respectively. The types of companies that pay Research Assistants the least are in the Finance industry, where the average annual salary is $41,973.
Industry
Average Salary
Health Care
Health Care
$50,352
$50k
Education
Education
$43,953
$44k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$42,839
$43k
Finance
Finance
$41,973
$42k

Research Assistant Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Research Assistant Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Research Assistant can range from $37,954 to $38,735 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

Recently Added Research Assistant Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Research Assistant 2-B/H
04/28/2020
$31,514
Uconn Health Center
SP-Research Assistant
04/27/2020
$51,382
Research Assistant II
04/24/2020
$41,907
Research Assistant
04/22/2020
$38,439
Research Assistant
04/20/2020
$33,935
Suny Buffalo State
Assistant for Institutional Research
04/18/2020
$49,000
UNC Department of Public Safety
Summer Research Assistant
04/17/2020
$31,305
Rutgers University
Temporary Research Assistant
04/16/2020
$31,305
National Older Worker Career Center
Research Assistant
04/15/2020
$26,547
Research Foundation Cuny
Research Assistant
04/14/2020
$31,305
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