Research Scientist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
$48,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
D. E. Shaw & Co.
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Average Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a research scientist make?
As a Research Scientist in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $71,889 per year or $34.56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $105,000. The most abundant employment opportunities for Research Scientists are in Technology companies and Education companies. The best states for high paying Research Scientist jobs are Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Nevada, and Delaware. The typical tenure for a Research Scientist is 3.8 years.

Average Research Scientist Salary By Location

Across America, Research Scientists make on average $71,889 annually or $34.56 hourly. Working in San Jose, CA as a Research Scientist will pay you the highest wages at around $100,749 per year. Even an entry-level Research Scientist makes $67,000 per year in San Jose, CA. The highest earning states when it comes to Research Scientist salaries are Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Nevada, and Delaware. Utah, North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri have the lowest reported salaries for Research Scientists.

Map of Research Scientist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Research Scientists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Research Scientist Salary By Company

There is good job security in Research Scientist positions. Some industries offer better pay and benefit packages than others. Most Research Scientist jobs are in Technology companies and Technology companies. D. E. Shaw & Co. and Financial Engines are the highest paying companies. If you can find a job at a company like Twitter or Facebook, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Research Scientists.
Company
Average Salary
$157,052
$157k
$150,846
$151k
$145,775
$146k
$143,074
$143k
$142,967
$143k

Research Scientist Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Research Scientist Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Research Scientist can range from $54,448 to $93,875 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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 Scientist Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Research Scientist 2
04/28/2020
$38,397
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Research Scientist
04/28/2020
$50,000
New York State Civil Service
Research Scientist 1, Central Office
04/20/2020
$56,604
Research Scientist III-Buffalo NY 14203
04/09/2020
$62,610
The Siegrist Lab-University of Virginia
Research Scientist
03/31/2020
$55,000
Research Scientist 3
03/23/2020
$41,212
New York State Civil Service
Research Scientist 2 (Epidemiology)
03/20/2020
$69,603
UNC Department of Public Safety
Research Scientist
03/19/2020
$45,000
The Siegrist Lab-University of Virginia
Research Scientist
03/10/2020
$55,000
Research Scientist 2
03/07/2020
$56,146
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