Updated August 18, 2021
Average Researcher Salary
$60,000 yearly
$28.88 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10 %
$60,000
Median
$99,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$99,000
$8,250
$48
75th Percentile
$78,000
$6,500
$38
Average
$60,079
$5,007
$29
25th Percentile
$46,000
$3,833
$22
10th Percentile
$36,000
$3,000
$17

Average Researcher Salary By State

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Researcher average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$40,393
$19.42
Alaska
$45,410
$21.83
Arizona
$65,586
$31.53
Arkansas
$65,455
$31.47
California
$67,322
$32.37
Colorado
$46,888
$22.54
Connecticut
$88,637
$42.61
Delaware
$70,581
$33.93
District of Columbia
$59,324
$28.52
Florida
$48,555
$23.34
Georgia
$51,936
$24.97
Hawaii
$64,404
$30.96
Idaho
$72,152
$34.69
Illinois
$56,669
$27.24
Indiana
$45,365
$21.81
Iowa
$47,997
$23.08
Kansas
$57,327
$27.56
Kentucky
$41,314
$19.86
Louisiana
$51,745
$24.88
Maine
$54,845
$26.37
Maryland
$73,804
$35.48
Massachusetts
$65,412
$31.45
Michigan
$50,565
$24.31
Minnesota
$57,836
$27.81
Mississippi
$36,814
$17.70
Missouri
$39,330
$18.91
Montana
$52,027
$25.01
Nebraska
$39,204
$18.85
Nevada
$64,696
$31.10
New Hampshire
$72,730
$34.97
New Jersey
$90,957
$43.73
New Mexico
$50,300
$24.18
New York
$61,220
$29.43
North Carolina
$57,538
$27.66
North Dakota
$40,138
$19.30
Ohio
$55,341
$26.61
Oklahoma
$49,523
$23.81
Oregon
$60,795
$29.23
Pennsylvania
$71,852
$34.54
Rhode Island
$80,000
$38.46
South Carolina
$53,209
$25.58
South Dakota
$48,326
$23.23
Tennessee
$50,017
$24.05
Texas
$44,776
$21.53
Utah
$36,405
$17.50
Vermont
$52,108
$25.05
Virginia
$66,159
$31.81
Washington
$66,332
$31.89
West Virginia
$44,311
$21.30
Wisconsin
$49,375
$23.74
Wyoming
$48,554
$23.34

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Highest Paying Cities For Researcher

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Hillsborough, NJ
$90,993
$43.75
Greenwich, CT
$89,777
$43.16
Baltimore, MD
$74,121
$35.64
San Francisco, CA
$72,936
$35.07
Philadelphia, PA
$72,392
$34.80
Newark, DE
$70,513
$33.90

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How much does a Researcher make?

The average researcher salary is $60,079 per year, or $28.88 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $99,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and New Hampshire provide the highest researcher salaries.

Average Researcher Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $60,100
    $28.88
    +3.2%
    2020
    $58,200
    $27.96
    +1.9%
    2019
    $57,000
    $27.43
    -2.1%
    2018
    $58,300
    $28.01
    +2.8%
    2017
    $56,600
    $27.22
    +0.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Doctoral Fellow

    Avg. salary: $48,477

    A doctoral fellow is a physician that has completed studies and receives a fellowship to cover his/her or her expenses while completing his/her or her medical dissertation. A doctor fellow undergoes this fellowship to get additional training for their chosen sub-specialty. During the fellowship period, a fellow can act as an attending physician or consultant physician with other physicians' direct supervision in the sub-specialty field.
    22,887 Doctoral Fellow Jobs
    Fellow

    Avg. salary: $66,381

    A fellow's responsibility will depend on the organization or industry where one belongs. However, most of the time, a fellow's duty will revolve around conducting research and analysis, presiding discussions and attending dialogues, handle lectures while complying with the guidelines or tasks set by supervisors, and assist in various projects and activities. Furthermore, a fellow must adhere to the institution or organization's policies and regulations at all times, meet all the requirements and outputs involved, and coordinate with every person in the workforce.
    6,238 Fellow Jobs
    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Avg. salary: $54,767

    A Postdoctoral Scholar is responsible for supporting an educational research group to conduct studies and gather relevant data to support study claims and scientific evidence. They review initial findings, perform field investigations, and interview the target respondents for data and statistical analysis. They also coordinate with the whole team for efficient research methods, ensuring adherence to budget limitations and required timetables. A Postdoctoral Scholar must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, to document reports and discuss results with the research team.
    20,973 Postdoctoral Scholar Jobs
    Laboratory Internship

    Avg. salary: $31,564

    A laboratory intern is responsible for assisting laboratory operations and perform examinations and experiments under the supervision of tenured laboratory staff. Laboratory interns shadow all the laboratory processes, document their observations, and conduct an in-depth analysis of the results. They must have excellent knowledge of scientific procedures, demonstrating their class learnings to practical applications. A laboratory intern must be detail-oriented, especially on conducting and verifying the accuracy of research materials. It is also required for a laboratory intern to be a fast-learner, understanding the scientific complexities to master various approaches.
    107,796 Laboratory Internship Jobs
    Research Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $38,338

    Research laboratory technicians play a vital role in scientific laboratories. They perform varied duties and responsibilities, which include setting up, operating, and maintaining the laboratory equipment, assisting in laboratory-based research activities such as sampling, testing, and analyzing results, and providing technical support to the laboratory team members. In addition, they are expected to support the development and advancement of science and modern medicine. Other typical duties of research laboratory technicians include preparing samples and specimens, keeping abreast with current technical developments, and ensuring strict compliance with safety procedures.
    85,903 Research Laboratory Technician Jobs
    Graduate Research Student

    Avg. salary: $35,376

    Graduate research students are learners who conduct degree program-related research in a research unit or an academic department. These students manage themselves independently as well as their work. They make certain that they have familiarized the requirements of the university. Educators and other scholars expect them to develop enough research and skills. Their responsibilities include academic honesty, participation in supervisory meetings, and maintenance of effective supervisor communication. In terms of their research, they should have a research plan ahead.
    50,646 Graduate Research Student Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Doctoral Fellow
    $48,477
    $4,040
    $23.31
    22,887
    Fellow
    $66,381
    $5,532
    $31.91
    6,238
    Postdoctoral Scholar
    $54,768
    $4,564
    $26.33
    20,973
    Laboratory Internship
    $31,565
    $2,630
    $15.18
    107,796
    Research Laboratory Technician
    $38,338
    $3,195
    $18.43
    85,903
    Graduate Research Student
    $35,377
    $2,948
    $17.01
    50,646
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    Researcher Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.

    Which Companies Pay Researchers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a researcher, working for Microsoft or eBay might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Oracle and Dell report highly competitive wages for researchers.
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    Average Researcher Salary by Demographic

    Researcher Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $62,081
    female-income
    Female Income
    $61,021
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$62,081
    Female$61,021
    Median Researcher Income by Race
    Black or african american researchers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino researchers have the lowest average salary at $59,899.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$61,212
    Black or African American$62,668
    Asian$61,620
    Hispanic or Latino$59,899
    Average Researcher Salary by Education Level
    Researchers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $63,201 annually. With a Masters degree, researchers earn a median annual income of $61,021 compared to $56,511 for researchers with an Bachelors degree.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$61,021
    Bachelor's Degree$56,511
    Doctorate Degree$63,201