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Researcher Demographics in the US

The average employee age for researchers is 40 years. The researcher workforce reached a whopping 108,796 in 2020!

Among researchers, we discovered that 44.6% of them are women, while 46.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among researchers is White, which makes up 55.0% of all researchers. Comparatively, there are 27.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of researchers are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Researcher Statistics and Facts in the US

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

  • There are over 108,796 researchers currently employed in the United States.
  • 44.6% of all researchers are women, while only 46.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed researcher is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of researchers is White (55.0%), followed by Asian (27.6%) and Hispanic or Latino (8.2%).
  • The majority of researchers are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Researchers are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Researchers are paid an average annual salary of $60,079.
  • Hillsborough, NJ pays an annual average wage of $90,993, the highest in the US.
  • Researchers average starting salary is $36,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 98% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid researchers earn as much as $99,000 or more.
  • New Jersey is the best state for researchers to live.
  • Researchers are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to public companies.

Researcher Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among researchers is White, which makes up 55.0% of all researchers. Comparatively, there are 27.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 55.0%
  • Asian, 27.6%
  • 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 Researchers

The chart below shows that 36.1% of researchers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 8.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 36.1%
  • French, 12.7%
  • Chinese, 8.8%
  • Mandarin, 8.0%
  • German, 5.3%
  • Other, 29.1%

Types of Researcher Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for researchers. The most common degree for researchers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 67% of researchers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 67%
  • Masters degree, 12%
  • Associate degree, 5%
  • Doctorate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

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Researcher Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Researcher Work In

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

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Top Industries Hiring Researchers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ researchers. Those industries include education, hospitality and manufacturing.

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Researcher Diversity

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

Researcher 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 researchers.

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

Researcher Gender Over Time

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


Researcher 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 researchers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Researcher Based On Race And Gender

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


The Average Number of Years That Researcher Stay in a Job

By looking over 50,483 researchers resumes, we figured out that the average researcher enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 45%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Researcher Age Breakdown

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

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Researcher Male to Female Ratio

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
Animal Behaviorist22%78%
Public Health Microbiologist25%70%
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens25%70%
Forestry Consultant86%7%
Procurement Forester87%8%
Field Agronomist87%6%
Field Agronomist
Procurement Forester
Forestry Consultant
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens
Public Health Microbiologist
Animal Behaviorist

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Researchers 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 researchers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research Chemist7.15%
Planning Assistant11.26%
Clinical Fellow34.48%

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Researcher Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Researcher 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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Researcher 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$57,537
Master's Degree$62,128
Doctorate Degree$64,348

Researcher 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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Researcher Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a researcher can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of researchers is $78,452. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Researchers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Researchers Located?

By looking through more than 50,483 resumes, we found that the most popular places for researchers are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Researchers

Where Are Researchers In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings