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Researcher Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$63,000
$38,000
$63,000
$104,000
Researchers in the United States make an average salary of $63,598 per year or $30.58 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $104,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, Nevada, and Delaware provide the highest researcher salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Newark, DE
$77,676
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Map of Researcher Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Researcher Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a researcher is roughly $63,598 per year, which boils down to $30.58 per hour. Interestingly enough, researchers have the highest salaries in Hillsborough, NJ at about $89,472 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Hillsborough, NJ is $49,000. Additionally, researchers make more than the average salary in Newark, DE, Philadelphia, PA, Menlo Park, CA, Baltimore, MD, and New York, NY. On a more broad level, researcher salaries are highest in New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, Nevada, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. On the contrary, Alabama, Missouri, and North Dakota offer the lowest researcher salaries.

City
Average Salary
Hillsborough, NJ
Hillsborough, NJ
$89,472
$89k
Newark, DE
Newark, DE
$77,676
$78k
Menlo Park, CA
Menlo Park, CA
$75,237
$75k

High Paying Researcher Jobs

Average Researcher Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a researcher, working for Twitter or Facebook might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Netflix and Altisource Solutions report highly competitive salaries for researchers.

Company
Average Salary
$148,921
$149k
$145,162
$145k
$143,981
$144k
$135,661
$136k
$133,743
$134k

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Researcher Salary History

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    Researcher Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a researcher 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.

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    $73,045
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    Madison, WI
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    $39,409
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