Updated August 18, 2021
Average Research Fellow Salary
$49,000 yearly
$23.62 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$49,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
75th Percentile
$56,000
$4,667
$27
Average
$49,120
$4,093
$24
25th Percentile
$42,000
$3,500
$20
10th Percentile
$37,000
$3,083
$18

Average Research Fellow Salary By State

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Research Fellow average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$40,818
$19.62
Alaska
$69,938
$33.62
Arizona
$56,580
$27.20
Arkansas
$51,603
$24.81
California
$63,088
$30.33
Colorado
$40,907
$19.67
Connecticut
$62,585
$30.09
Delaware
$54,493
$26.20
District of Columbia
$47,492
$22.83
Florida
$48,955
$23.54
Georgia
$39,396
$18.94
Hawaii
$54,525
$26.21
Idaho
$46,439
$22.33
Illinois
$46,020
$22.13
Indiana
$43,907
$21.11
Iowa
$44,758
$21.52
Kansas
$42,475
$20.42
Kentucky
$50,322
$24.19
Louisiana
$36,541
$17.57
Maine
$58,488
$28.12
Maryland
$60,815
$29.24
Massachusetts
$51,145
$24.59
Michigan
$37,499
$18.03
Minnesota
$54,822
$26.36
Mississippi
$38,100
$18.32
Missouri
$33,250
$15.99
Montana
$53,289
$25.62
Nebraska
$38,953
$18.73
Nevada
$68,947
$33.15
New Hampshire
$56,851
$27.33
New Jersey
$64,464
$30.99
New Mexico
$49,937
$24.01
New York
$50,011
$24.04
North Carolina
$52,085
$25.04
North Dakota
$39,841
$19.15
Ohio
$41,000
$19.71
Oklahoma
$49,079
$23.60
Oregon
$50,814
$24.43
Pennsylvania
$57,175
$27.49
Rhode Island
$56,174
$27.01
South Carolina
$42,517
$20.44
South Dakota
$47,623
$22.90
Tennessee
$43,541
$20.93
Texas
$41,803
$20.10
Utah
$39,003
$18.75
Vermont
$46,421
$22.32
Virginia
$51,458
$24.74
Washington
$56,047
$26.95
West Virginia
$32,363
$15.56
Wisconsin
$45,259
$21.76
Wyoming
$42,763
$20.56

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Highest Paying Cities For Research Fellow

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Fairbanks, AK
$69,547
$33.44
South San Francisco, CA
$66,053
$31.76
Farmington, CT
$62,689
$30.14
Baltimore, MD
$61,052
$29.35
Philadelphia, PA
$57,811
$27.79
Phoenix, AZ
$56,757
$27.29

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How much does a Research Fellow make?

The average research fellow salary is $49,120 per year, or $23.62 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Nevada, New Jersey, California, and Connecticut provide the highest research fellow salaries.

Average Research Fellow Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $49,100
    $23.62
    +3.2%
    2020
    $47,500
    $22.86
    +1.9%
    2019
    $46,600
    $22.42
    -2.1%
    2018
    $47,600
    $22.90
    +2.8%
    2017
    $46,300
    $22.26
    +0.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Staff Scientist

    Avg. salary: $85,089

    The primary role of a Staff Scientist is to develop and manage scientific research projects with minimal supervision. They are also responsible for the technical and budgetary aspects of scientific research projects.
    84,833 Staff Scientist Jobs
    Scientist

    Avg. salary: $97,259

    A scientist is responsible for researching and analyzing the nature and complexities of the physical world to identify discoveries that would improve people's lives and ignite scientific knowledge for society. Scientists' duties differ in their different areas of expertise, but all of them must have a broad comprehension of scientific disciplines and methods to support their experiments and investigations. They collect the sample for their research, record findings, create research proposals, and release publications. A scientist must know how to utilize laboratory equipment to support the study and drive results efficiently and accurately.
    59,196 Scientist Jobs
    Research Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $38,338

    Research laboratory technicians play a vital role in scientific laboratories. They perform varied duties and responsibilities, which include setting up, operating, and maintaining the laboratory equipment, assisting in laboratory-based research activities such as sampling, testing, and analyzing results, and providing technical support to the laboratory team members. In addition, they are expected to support the development and advancement of science and modern medicine. Other typical duties of research laboratory technicians include preparing samples and specimens, keeping abreast with current technical developments, and ensuring strict compliance with safety procedures.
    85,903 Research Laboratory Technician Jobs
    Research And Development Scientist

    Avg. salary: $84,493

    A research and development scientist specializes in conducting scientific studies and experiments to develop new products and technologies. They usually work at laboratories where they are in charge of conducting research and assessments, coming up with new ideas, performing tests, streamlining product requirements and guidelines, collaborating with fellow experts, utilizing previous studies and advanced software, and maintaining records of all procedures. Additionally, as a research and development scientist, it is essential to conduct reviews and assessments to ensure products adhere to safety standards and regulations.
    113,712 Research And Development Scientist Jobs
    Graduate Research Student

    Avg. salary: $35,376

    Graduate research students are learners who conduct degree program-related research in a research unit or an academic department. These students manage themselves independently as well as their work. They make certain that they have familiarized the requirements of the university. Educators and other scholars expect them to develop enough research and skills. Their responsibilities include academic honesty, participation in supervisory meetings, and maintenance of effective supervisor communication. In terms of their research, they should have a research plan ahead.
    50,646 Graduate Research Student Jobs
    Research Project Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $49,506

    Research Project Coordinators take on a lead role in maintaining and creating processes that support the execution of a research project. Their duties include researching governance requirements, preparing for contract bidding, manage budgeting of a project to meet a specified timeline, and present findings of a project to all stakeholders involved. The Research Project Coordinator will also support administrative tasks, including producing corporate reports, organizing committee meetings, and developing a research database to track active milestones achieved.
    92,112 Research Project Coordinator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Staff Scientist
    $85,089
    $7,091
    $40.91
    84,833
    Scientist
    $97,260
    $8,105
    $46.76
    59,196
    Research Laboratory Technician
    $38,338
    $3,195
    $18.43
    85,903
    Research And Development Scientist
    $84,494
    $7,041
    $40.62
    113,712
    Graduate Research Student
    $35,377
    $2,948
    $17.01
    50,646
    Research Project Coordinator
    $49,507
    $4,126
    $23.80
    92,112
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    Research Fellow Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a research fellow 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.

    Which Companies Pay Research Fellows The Most?

    To earn a high income as a research fellow, working for JHU Applied Physics Laboratory or Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like IBM and Partners Healthcare Group report highly competitive wages for research fellows.
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    Recently Added Research Fellow Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    University of Utah
    Post-Doctoral In Behavioral Pediatric Preventive Oncology
    Post-Doctoral In Behavioral Pediatric Preventive Oncology
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/31/2021
    $52,704
    08/31/2021
    Pennsylvania State University
    Eberly Research Fellows
    Eberly Research Fellows
    Parkesburg, PA
    08/25/2021
    $65,000
    08/25/2021
    TGen
    Post DOC Fellow
    Post DOC Fellow
    Phoenix, AZ
    08/12/2021
    $24,000
    08/12/2021
    University of South Carolina
    Post Doctoral Fellow
    Post Doctoral Fellow
    Columbia, SC
    08/11/2021
    $50,000
    08/11/2021
    University of Colorado
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Aurora, CO
    08/10/2021
    $53,761
    08/10/2021
    Nasem Gulf Research Program
    GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship: Offshore Energy Safety
    GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship: Offshore Energy Safety
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    08/06/2021
    $75,000
    08/06/2021
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Fort Collins, CO
    08/06/2021
    $52,000
    08/06/2021
    University of Southern California
    Predoctoral Research Fellow (Project Specialist)
    Predoctoral Research Fellow (Project Specialist)
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/05/2021
    $56,349
    08/05/2021
    University of Southern California
    Predoctoral Research Fellow (Project Specialist)
    Predoctoral Research Fellow (Project Specialist)
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/05/2021
    $56,349
    08/05/2021
    University of Denver
    Irise Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social Movement Support Lab
    Irise Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social Movement Support Lab
    Denver, CO
    08/04/2021
    $50,000
    08/04/2021

    Average Research Fellow Salary by Demographic

    Research Fellow Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $50,993
    female-income
    Female Income
    $50,456
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$50,993
    Female$50,456
    Median Research Fellow Income by Race
    Black or african american research fellows have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino research fellows have the lowest average salary at $49,886.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$50,554
    Black or African American$51,289
    Asian$50,761
    Hispanic or Latino$49,886
    Average Research Fellow Salary by Education Level
    Research fellows with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $51,556 annually. With a Masters degree, research fellows earn a median annual income of $50,456 compared to $48,132 for research fellows with an Bachelors degree.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$50,456
    Bachelor's Degree$48,132
    Doctorate Degree$51,556