Research Assistant Salary in the US

$42,680
per year
per month
$3,560
per month
per year
Bonus
$0/year
Bonus
$0/month

Research Assistant - Average Salary

The average salary for a Research Assistant is $42,680 per year ($3,560 per month), which is $10,810 (-20%) lower than the average salary in the United States.
A Research Assistant can expect an average starting salary of $31,240. The highest salaries can exceed $64,390.
$31,240
Low
$42,680
Average salary
$64,390
High
$2,600
Low
$3,560
Average salary
$5,370
High
Total pay includes salary .
$0
$34,900
$69,890
Salary$31,240 - 64,390
Bonus$0 - 5,500
Total Pay$31,240 - 69,890
$0
$2,920
$5,830
Salary$2,600 - 5,370
Bonus$0 - 460
Total Pay$2,600 - 5,830

Research Assistant Salary Range

Low
$31,240
Average salary
$42,680
Senior
$55,460
High
$64,390
Low
$2,600
Average salary
$3,560
Senior
$4,620
High
$5,370
Among Research Assistants in the U.S., Entry Level Research Assistants tend to have the lowest salaries, while Lab Research Assistants, Medical Research Assistants and Clinical Research Assistants enjoy the highest salaries.

Research Assistant - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Clinical Research Assistant$48K/year
+12% 
Medical Research Assistant$47K/year
+10% 
Lab Research Assistant$47K/year
+9% 
Psychology Research Assistant$45K/year
+6% 
Graduate Research Assistant$37K/year
 -14%
Entry Level Research Assistant$35K/year
 -17%

Research Assistant - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Research Assistant with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $35,620 per year. A mid level Research Assistant with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $49,380, while a Senior Research Assistant with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $54,860. Research Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn $63,270 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Research Assistant

Late Career▲ +48%
Senior▲ +29%
Mid Level▲ +16%
Average Salary$42,680/year
Entry Level▼ -17%

Gender Breakdown

Female
68%
Male
32%

Research Assistant - Jobs by Location

Research Assistant - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Research Assistant jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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Frequently asked questions about the salary of the Research Assistant

How much does a Research Assistant make in the US?
A Research Assistant in the US earns an average of $42,680 gross per year, which is about $3,560 gross per month. Everything you need to know about the salary of the Research Assistant updated to 2022.
What is the starting salary for a Research Assistant in the US?
The starting salary of a Research Assistant in the US is around $31,240 gross per year. Entry Level Research Assistants usually have a lower salary.
What is the highest salary for a Research Assistant in the US?
The highest salary of a Research Assistant in the US can reach and exceed $64,390 gross per year. Lab Research Assistants, Medical Research Assistants and Clinical Research Assistants usually have the highest salaries.
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