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Research Specialist Demographics in the US

The average employee age for research specialists is 36 years. The research specialist workforce reached a whopping 82,901 in 2020!

Among research specialists, we discovered that 56.8% of them are women, while 35.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research specialists is White, which makes up 68.5% of all research specialists. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Research Specialist Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 82,901 research specialists currently employed in the United States.
  • 56.8% of all research specialists are women, while only 35.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed research specialist is 36 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of research specialists is White (68.5%), followed by Asian (13.0%) and Hispanic or Latino (10.2%).
  • The majority of research specialists are located in IL, Chicago and PA, Philadelphia.
  • Research specialists are most in-demand in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Research specialists are paid an average annual salary of $49,377.
  • New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $63,624, the highest in the US.
  • Research specialists average starting salary is $36,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 98% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid research specialists earn as much as $66,000 or more.
  • Rhode Island is the best state for research specialists to live.
  • Research specialists are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to education companies.

Research Specialist Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among research specialists is White, which makes up 68.5% of all research specialists. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 68.5%
  • Asian, 13.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.1%
  • Black or African American, 5.1%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Specialists

The chart below shows that 44.5% of research specialists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.6% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 44.5%
  • French, 11.6%
  • Chinese, 7.0%
  • German, 5.6%
  • Mandarin, 4.8%
  • Other, 26.5%

Types of Research Specialist Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for research specialists. The most common degree for research specialists is bachelor's degree. In fact, 55% of research specialists earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 15% and rounding it off is associate degree with 8%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 55%
  • Masters degree, 15%
  • Associate degree, 8%
  • Doctorate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 17%

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Research Specialist 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 specialists.

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

Research Specialist Gender Over Time

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


Research Specialist 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 specialists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Research Specialist Based On Race And Gender

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


The Average Number of Years That Research Specialist Stay in a Job

By looking over 10,022 research specialists resumes, we figured out that the average research specialist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Specialist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research specialist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research specialists is 40+ years old, which represents 35% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Research Specialist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, grain elevator worker and chief estimator have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Human Resources Administrative Assistant11%85%
Wedding Coordinator11%83%
Assistant To Human Resources Director12%83%
Research Specialist36%57%
Timber Buyer88%7%
Chief Estimator91%6%
Grain Elevator Worker91%8%
Grain Elevator Worker
Chief Estimator
Timber Buyer
Research Specialist
Assistant To Human Resources Director
Wedding Coordinator
Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Specialists 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 specialists.

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Job Titleascdesc
Lumber Buyer12.70%
Research Specialist14.22%
Army Recruiter16.05%
Merchandise Worker16.98%
Fire Adjuster19.42%
Policy Analyst20.62%
Sports Agent23.56%

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Research Specialist Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Research Specialist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Research Specialist 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
Bachelor's Degree$50,507
Master's Degree$56,723
Doctorate Degree$57,512

Research Specialist 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
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Research Specialist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research specialist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research specialists is $81,351. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Specialists Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Research Specialists Located?

By looking through more than 10,022 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research specialists are IL, Chicago and PA, Philadelphia.

Number of Research Specialists

Where Are Research Specialists In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Research Specialist Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Specialist Work In

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

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Top Industries Hiring Research Specialists

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

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