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Best states for a Research Scientist

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It seems like Research Scientists are becoming more and more common across America. But working conditions for Research Scientists aren’t the same everywhere in the U.S.

Our research shows that Washington is the best state in the country for Research Scientists.

The most common schools for Research Scientists are University of Washington, University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University, and the most common majors are Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology.

Washington is the best state for jobs for Research Scientists, and Nebraska is the worst.

The most common pay in Washington is $129,829, while the median pay in Nebraska is $52,550.

We found that Washington is the best state for Research Scientist jobs, whereas Nebraska is the worst.

The 10 Best States in America For Research Scientists in 2019

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Oregon
  4. Arizona
  5. Delaware
  6. Minnesota
  7. Connecticut
  8. New Jersey
  9. Maryland
  10. Iowa
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  • (295 jobs)
  • (411 jobs)
  • (53 jobs)
  • (237 jobs)
  • (213 jobs)
  • (756 jobs)
  • (682 jobs)
  • (183 jobs)

To determine the best states for Research Scientists, we looked at the our most recent data, and then we ranked each of the 50 states from best to worst.

Here is the list of best states for Research Scientist jobs.

If you're interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

The 10 Best States For Research Scientists in 2019

1. Washington

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
964 $129,830 $97,000 $172,000 1.71
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Washington

2. California

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
4,328 $113,406 $81,000 $157,000 1.74
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in California

3. Oregon

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
295 $102,709 $82,000 $128,000 1.19
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Oregon

4. Arizona

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
411 $98,965 $72,000 $135,000 1.12
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Arizona

5. Delaware

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
53 $95,843 $75,000 $121,000 0.84
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Delaware

6. Minnesota

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
237 $101,287 $76,000 $133,000 0.54
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Minnesota

7. Connecticut

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
213 $91,353 $74,000 $112,000 0.87
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Connecticut

8. New Jersey

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
756 $84,544 $62,000 $115,000 1.27
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in New Jersey

9. Maryland

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
682 $83,602 $62,000 $111,000 1.5
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Maryland

10. Iowa

Total Research Scientist Jobs: Average Annual Salary: Lowest 10 Percent Earn: Highest 10 Percent Earn: Location Quotient:
183 $88,297 $73,000 $106,000 0.74
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
Research Scientist Jobs in Iowa

HOW WE DETERMINED THE BEST STATES TO BE a Research Scientist

You can read about how the best state rankings are calculated here.

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