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Research Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$45,000
$31,000
$45,000
$65,000
Research assistants in the United States make an average salary of $45,269 per year or $21.76 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $31,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $66,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, Hawaii, California, West Virginia, and Rhode Island provide the highest research assistant salaries.
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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 Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New Jersey, Hawaii and California, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for research assistants. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Kentucky, Utah, and Montana.

City
Average Salary
New Brunswick, NJ
New Brunswick, NJ
$57,879
$58k
Providence, RI
Providence, RI
$48,895
$49k
Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR
$48,270
$48k
Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR
$46,630
$47k

High Paying Research Assistant Jobs

Average Research Assistant Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Moody's and Google as they offer the highest salaries for research assistants.

Company
Average Salary
$111,689
$112k
$111,080
$111k
$109,939
$110k
$88,903
$89k
$80,387
$80k

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    Average Research Assistant Pay By Industry

    Research assistant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, health care, and education companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a research assistant can make a yearly salary of $53,664 while working for finance companies. All the while, other research assistants are making $46,690 at health care companies and $44,197 at education companies. One industry research assistants may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $39,347.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $53,664
    $54k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $46,690
    $47k
    Education
    Education
    $44,197
    $44k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $39,347
    $39k

    Research Assistant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a research assistant 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.

    Recently Added Research Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Utah State University
    Utah State University
    Research Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Logan, UT
    Logan, UT
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $15,131
    $15,131
    10/30/2020
    Research Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $36,940
    $36,940
    10/30/2020
    University of Michigan
    University of Michigan
    Research Asst I (Temp)-Physics
    Research Asst I (Temp)-Physics
    Research Asst I (Temp)-Physics
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Ann Arbor, MI
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $20,140
    $20,140
    10/30/2020
    Restaurant Manager-257 Lofton DR, Pineville, LA (Unit #1176)
    Restaurant Manager-257 Lofton DR, Pineville, LA (Unit #1176)
    Pineville, LA
    Pineville, LA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    10/30/2020
    Research Assistant (Division of Biology)
    Research Assistant (Division of Biology)
    Manhattan, KS
    Manhattan, KS
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $36,356
    $36,356
    10/30/2020
    Research Assistant-Limited Tenure-Emergency Medicine
    Research Assistant-Limited Tenure-Emergency Medicine
    Rochester, MN
    Rochester, MN
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $32,849
    $32,849
    10/29/2020
    University of Tennessee
    University of Tennessee
    Research Assistant (3 Positions)-Pediatrics/Cbmi
    Research Assistant (3 Positions)-Pediatrics/Cbmi
    Research Assistant (3 Positions)-Pediatrics/Cbmi
    Memphis, TN
    Memphis, TN
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $31,326
    $31,326
    10/29/2020
    University of Arkansas
    University of Arkansas
    Hourly Research Assistant, Empact Grant
    Hourly Research Assistant, Empact Grant
    Hourly Research Assistant, Empact Grant
    Fayetteville, NC
    Fayetteville, NC
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/28/2020
    University of Utah
    University of Utah
    Research Assistant/Analyst (PS)
    Research Assistant/Analyst (PS)
    Research Assistant/Analyst (PS)
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    10/28/2020
    Aerotek
    Aerotek
    Research Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Research Assistant
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati, OH
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    10/28/2020