Updated December 12, 2022

Average Research Assistant Salary

$42,896yearly

$20.62 hourly

Entry level Salary
$28,000 yearly
$28,000
10%
$42,896
Median
$64,000
90%

How much does a Research Assistant make?

Research assistants make $42,896 per year on average, or $20.62 per hour, in the United States. Research assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000.

Location impacts how much a research assistant can expect to make. Research assistants make the most in New Jersey, Alaska, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Research Assistants

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New Jersey, Alaska and Massachusetts, 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 Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas.
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Research Assistant average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1New Jersey$58,492$28.12994
2Massachusetts$53,102$25.532,486
3Alaska$54,653$26.2893
4Vermont$50,955$24.5093
5California$50,227$24.154,248
6District of Columbia$51,503$24.76243
7Illinois$49,989$24.031,123
8Connecticut$50,484$24.27299
9Rhode Island$44,240$21.27136
10Pennsylvania$43,364$20.851,263
11Delaware$47,925$23.04106
12New Hampshire$42,775$20.56176
13New York$45,645$21.941,365
14Oregon$42,603$20.48587
15North Carolina$42,580$20.47808
16Virginia$45,277$21.77802
17Michigan$41,084$19.75747
18Idaho$42,781$20.57117
19Georgia$42,700$20.53723
20Minnesota$39,190$18.84708
21Maryland$40,887$19.66644
22West Virginia$40,229$19.34114
23Louisiana$41,838$20.11165
24Florida$40,693$19.561,286
25Washington$38,201$18.37931
26North Dakota$39,842$19.1560
27Maine$38,630$18.57113
28Ohio$38,763$18.64775
29Nevada$41,054$19.74109
30Missouri$38,237$18.38534
31Mississippi$38,986$18.74116
32Colorado$37,821$18.18708
33Wisconsin$38,382$18.45407
34New Mexico$36,551$17.57203
35Arkansas$38,441$18.48120
36Nebraska$35,166$16.91224
37Kentucky$37,988$18.26195
38Indiana$36,880$17.73482
39Arizona$36,746$17.67479
40Hawaii$35,556$17.0966
41South Carolina$37,322$17.94160
42Tennessee$32,453$15.60482
43Utah$32,414$15.58272
44Iowa$33,835$16.27247
45South Dakota$32,610$15.6882
46Kansas$33,633$16.17190
47Wyoming$26,498$12.7454
48Texas$31,634$15.211,563
49Montana$30,209$14.5293
50Oklahoma$32,201$15.48196
51Alabama$30,884$14.85148

Highest Paying Cities For Research Assistants

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1New Brunswick, NJ$58,524$28.14
2Boston, MA$53,085$25.52
3San Francisco, CA$52,332$25.16
4Washington, DC$51,473$24.75
5Chicago, IL$50,272$24.17
6Farmington, CT$50,267$24.17
7New York, NY$45,775$22.01
8Providence, RI$44,218$21.26
9Philadelphia, PA$43,746$21.03
10Raleigh, NC$43,541$20.93
11Eugene, OR$43,105$20.72
12Atlanta, GA$42,592$20.48
13Detroit, MI$41,288$19.85
14Miami, FL$41,207$19.81
15Baltimore, MD$41,035$19.73

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. New Brunswick, NJ
  2. Boston, MA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Chicago, IL

Research Assistants Salary Details

Average Research Assistant Salary Graph
Average Research Assistant Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Research Assistant's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$64,000$5,333$31
75th Percentile$53,000$4,417$25
Average$42,896$3,575$21
25th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
10th Percentile$28,000$2,333$13

Highest Paying Types of Research Assistants

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Graduate Researcher$32,346$2,696$15.5517,313
Research Laboratory Technician$38,308$3,192$18.4286,476
Research Fellow$53,823$4,485$25.8859,746
Graduate Research Student$34,658$2,888$16.6658,921
Research Internship$39,573$3,298$19.0395,123
Research Technician$43,034$3,586$20.6964,786

Which Companies Pay Research Assistants The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Google are the highest paying companies for research assistants.

Research Assistant Pay Trends

Average Research Assistant Salary Over Time

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

    Research Assistant Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2023$42,900$20.62+3.5%
    2022$41,400$19.91+1.8%
    2021$40,700$19.55+1.4%
    2020$40,100$19.28+6.1%
    2019$37,600$18.10+1.6%

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    Research Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Research Assistants The Most?

    New Jersey pays Research Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $58,492 per year, or $28.12 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Research Assistant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $54,653 per year.

    What Type Of Research Assistant Gets Paid The Most?

    Research Assistant Professor gets paid the most. Research Assistant Professor made a median salary of $73,455. The best-paid 10 percent make $87,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $61,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Research Assistant?

    A good starting salary for a research assistant is $28,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a research assistant in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for research assistants is $41,424, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a research assistant can vary by state.

    Do You Get Paid For Being A Research Assistant?

    Yes, you do get paid for being a research assistant. Most research assistants are paid. However, most research assistants are not permanent positions as they usually last anywhere from a few months to a few years, usually dependent on the length of the research grant.

    How Much Do You Get Paid As A Research Assistant?

    You get paid $43,190 a year as a research assistant, on average. This can range anywhere from as low as $25,000 a year to as high as $84,000 a year for a specialized clinical research assistant.

    Is Research Assistant A Good Career?

    Yes, research assistant is a good career. Working as a research assistant is a great way to learn research techniques and get in-field experience and can be a great stepping stone to working in a variety of careers.

    What Is The Hourly Rate For A Research Assistant?

    The hourly rate for a research assistant is $21.15. The average research assistant starts at around $12.00 per hour but can get as high as $40.00 an hour depending on the location, the type of research assistant, and the level of experience.

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