Research Fellow Statistics in the US

The average employee age for research fellows is 40 years. The research fellow workforce reached a whopping 86,439 in 2020!

Among research fellows, we discovered that 37.4% of them are women, while 47.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research fellows is White, which makes up 53.9% of all research fellows. Comparatively, there are 28.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of research fellows are located in MA, Boston and NY, New York.

Research fellows are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, research fellows are more likely to find a job in the education industry. Looking at research fellow statistics, we found was that Alaska, Nevada, New Jersey, California and Connecticut are where research fellows find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about research fellow demographics? We analyzed 21,509 research fellows resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Research Fellow Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as research fellows. Keep reading to find out what the results for research fellows were.

Research Fellow Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among research fellows is White, which makes up 53.9% of all research fellows. Comparatively, there are 28.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 53.9%
  • Asian, 28.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.3%
  • Black or African American, 5.8%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Fellows

The chart below shows that 29.0% of research fellows speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.3% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 9.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 29.0%
  • French, 16.3%
  • Chinese, 9.8%
  • German, 6.7%
  • Mandarin, 6.0%
  • Other, 32.2%

Most Common Degree for Research Fellow

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for research fellows. The most common degree for research fellows is bachelor's degree. In fact, 45% of research fellows earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 32% and rounding it off is master's degree with 18%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 45%
  • Doctorate degree, 32%
  • Masters degree, 18%
  • Associate degree, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

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Research Fellow Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research fellows.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Research Fellow Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research fellow position over time.

Male
Female
63%
60%
57%
53%
50%
47%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Research Fellow Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research fellows changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of research fellows based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Research Fellow

By looking over 21,509 research fellows resumes, we figured out that the average research fellow enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 38%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Fellow Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research fellow employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research fellows is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Research Fellows with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, field agronomist and procurement forester have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Animal Behaviorist22%78%
Public Health Microbiologist25%70%
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens25%70%
Research Fellow47%37%
Forestry Consultant86%7%
Procurement Forester87%8%
Field Agronomist87%6%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Field Agronomist
Procurement Forester
Forestry Consultant
Research Fellow
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens
Public Health Microbiologist
Animal Behaviorist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Fellows with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research fellows.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Chemist7.15%
Environmental Technician11.26%
Meteorologist15.19%
Mycologist18.62%
Research Fellow21.10%
Planner31.58%
School Psychologist34.48%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Research Fellow?

male-income
Male Income
$50,993
female-income
Female Income
$50,456

Research Fellow Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Black or African American men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$52,045
$51,561
$51,076
$50,591
$50,106
$49,622
$49,137
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Research Fellow Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$48,668
Master's Degree$51,018
Doctorate Degree$52,130

Research Fellow Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$54,527
$53,329
$52,130
$50,932
$49,733
$48,534
$47,336
$46,137
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Research Fellow Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research fellow can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research fellows is $64,142. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Fellows Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research fellows earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Fellows Located?

By looking through more than 21,509 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research fellows are MA, Boston and NY, New York.

Number of Research Fellows

Where Are Research Fellows In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country research fellows are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Research Fellow Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research fellows. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most research fellows is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research fellows.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Research Fellow Work In

Employees with the research fellow job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research fellows prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Government

Education

Private

Public

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research fellows. Those industries include education, health care and non profits.

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Education

Health Care

Non Profits

Hospitality

Technology

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