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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Staff Scientist Salary

$84,998 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$40.86 hourly

Entry level Salary
$56,000 yearly
$56,000
10 %
$84,998
Median
$127,000
90 %

How much does a Staff Scientist make?

Staff scientists make $84,998 per year on average, or $40.86 per hour, in the United States. Staff scientists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $56,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $127,000.

Location impacts how much a staff scientist can expect to make. Staff scientists make the most in California, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.

Highest Paying States For Staff Scientists

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

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Average Salary:

Staff Scientist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$111,047$53.397,585
2Rhode Island$99,591$47.88238
3Maine$100,158$48.15233
4Connecticut$109,692$52.74533
5Massachusetts$93,976$45.183,377
6New Jersey$95,796$46.061,970
7Maryland$94,417$45.391,466
8Delaware$90,881$43.69217
9Oregon$88,871$42.73772
10Nevada$89,295$42.93317
11New York$85,522$41.122,922
12Washington$85,232$40.981,477
13Pennsylvania$79,365$38.162,621
14Arizona$86,831$41.75768
15New Hampshire$80,574$38.74277
16Tennessee$80,220$38.57725
17Wisconsin$80,913$38.90711
18Minnesota$81,239$39.06983
19Montana$75,922$36.50191
20Virginia$76,420$36.741,814
21Indiana$80,874$38.88757
22North Carolina$75,571$36.331,567
23Hawaii$86,213$41.45134
24Michigan$78,998$37.98917
25Ohio$75,689$36.391,352
26Vermont$71,942$34.59135
27Illinois$71,336$34.302,149
28Utah$68,742$33.05525
29Idaho$70,874$34.07226
30District of Columbia$73,022$35.11300
31Wyoming$63,258$30.4181
32Alaska$68,508$32.9499
33Arkansas$68,701$33.03271
34Georgia$66,335$31.891,238
35Colorado$60,888$29.27875
36Kentucky$63,653$30.60361
37Texas$56,245$27.042,984
38Alabama$59,036$28.38514
39Kansas$56,863$27.34369
40West Virginia$58,795$28.27173
41Florida$56,534$27.182,006
42New Mexico$51,625$24.82300
43Nebraska$55,541$26.70259
44Oklahoma$57,320$27.56248
45Mississippi$57,040$27.42155
46Missouri$47,973$23.06902
47Iowa$52,946$25.45406
48South Dakota$50,438$24.25126
49Louisiana$48,363$23.25410
50South Carolina$47,772$22.97514
51North Dakota$49,020$23.57101

Highest Paying Cities For Staff Scientists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$122,102$58.70
2Baltimore, MD$94,961$45.65
3Framingham, MA$94,064$45.22
4Wilmington, DE$91,602$44.04
5Beaverton, OR$87,886$42.25
6Phoenix, AZ$87,271$41.96
7Rochester, NY$86,937$41.80
8Seattle, WA$86,793$41.73
9Memphis, TN$80,189$38.55
10Philadelphia, PA$79,392$38.17
11Madison, WI$78,491$37.74
12Newport News, VA$75,634$36.36
13Washington, DC$73,047$35.12
14Chicago, IL$72,137$34.68
15Oklahoma City, OK$57,762$27.77

Staff Scientist Salary Details

Staff Scientist Salary

What is a Staff Scientist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$127,000$10,583$61
75th Percentile$105,000$8,750$50
Average$84,998$7,083$41
25th Percentile$68,000$5,667$33
10th Percentile$56,000$4,667$27

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Research Fellow$52,724$4,394$25.3559,746
Laboratory Analyst$44,766$3,731$21.5244,074
Research Technician$41,218$3,435$19.8264,786
Quality Control Analyst$51,248$4,271$24.6485,546
Microbiologist$56,411$4,701$27.1211,444
Chemist$58,294$4,858$28.0320,221

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Broadcom Jobs (41)
  2. Codexis Jobs (29)
  3. Regeneron Jobs (35)
  4. Thermo Fisher Scientific Jobs (37)
  5. Stanford University Jobs (58)

Which Companies Pay Staff Scientists The Most?

The highest paying companies for staff scientists are Occidental Petroleum and Etsy according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like LinkedIn and Los Alamos National Laboratory report highly competitive wages for staff scientists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Occidental Petroleum$160,657$77.249
2Etsy$157,735$75.83
3LinkedIn$150,839$72.52
4Los Alamos National Laboratory$148,156$71.2394
5Sandia National Labs$147,212$70.7850
6Oak Ridge National Laboratory$146,677$70.52
7Broadcom$146,280$70.335
8Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory$145,887$70.1424
9Kopin$140,914$67.75
10Jefferson Lab$139,769$67.20
11Visa$136,070$65.42174
1210x Genomics$129,963$62.48
13ConocoPhillips$127,662$61.384
14Choate, Hall & Stewart$125,768$60.47
15Luxim$125,630$60.40
16Honeywell$124,643$59.9229
17venn$123,470$59.36
18Ashland$122,314$58.8012
19Integrated DNA Technologies$121,238$58.2946
20Raytheon Technologies$119,811$57.6047

How Much Do Staff Scientists Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a staff scientist salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The manufacturing industry pays staff scientists an average salary of $105,272

  2. The pharmaceutical industry pay $99,161

  3. The lowest paying industry for staff scientists is the education industry. Staff scientists in this industry earn an average salary of $67,465

Highest Paying Industries For Staff Scientists

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Manufacturing$105,272$50.61
2Pharmaceutical$99,161$47.67
3Technology$97,984$47.11
4Health Care$86,569$41.62
5Professional$85,519$41.11
6Government$81,224$39.05
7Education$67,465$32.44

High Paying Staff Scientist Jobs

Staff Scientist Salary Trends

The salary for a staff scientist 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.

Average Staff Scientist Salary Over Time

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

    Staff Scientist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$85,000$40.86+3.0%
    2021$82,500$39.65+4.5%
    2020$78,800$37.87+3.2%
    2019$76,200$36.66+1.9%
    2018$74,800$35.96-2.1%

    Recently Added Staff Scientist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    University of PennsylvaniaStaff Scientist (Radiology)Philadelphia, PA05/23/2022$50,684
    Oregon Health & Science UniversityAssistant Staff ScientistPortland, OR05/18/2022$57,222
    Msacl ConnectStaff Scientist-NeurologySaint Louis, MO05/10/2022$44,700
    University of PittsburghStaff ScientistPittsburgh, PA05/10/2022$46,644
    Medical University of South CarolinaUniv-Staff Scientist ICharleston, SC05/10/2022$41,778
    Jefferson LabEngineering Staff ScientistNewport News, VA05/04/2022$83,300
    Jefferson LabEngineering Staff ScientistNewport News, VA05/04/2022$83,300
    PeratonStaff Scientist IVChantilly, VA05/03/2022$82,618
    PerspectaStaff Scientist IVChantilly, VA05/01/2022$82,618
    Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.Staff Scientist, Community ScienceNew York, NY05/01/2022$103,500

    Staff Scientist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Staff Scientists the most?

    California pays Staff Scientists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $111,047 per year, or $53.39 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Staff Scientist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Staff Scientist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Connecticut you should be paid close to $109,692 per year.

    What type of Staff Scientist gets paid the most?

    Senior Scientist gets paid the most. Senior Scientist made a median salary of $110,673. The best-paid 10 percent make $132,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $92,000.

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