Research Scientist Salary in the US

$83,440
per year
per month
$6,950
per month
per year
Bonus
$6,700/year
Bonus
$560/month

Research Scientist - Average Salary

The average salary for a Research Scientist is $83,440 per year ($6,950 per month), which is $29,950 (+56%) higher than the average salary in the United States.
A Research Scientist can expect an average starting salary of $52,230. The highest salaries can exceed $135,290.
$52,230
Low
$83,440
Average salary
$135,290
High
$4,350
Low
$6,950
Average salary
$11,270
High
Total pay includes salary and bonus.
$0
$75,700
$151,490
Salary$52,230 - 135,290
Bonus$0 - 16,200
Total Pay$52,230 - 151,490
$0
$6,310
$12,620
Salary$4,350 - 11,270
Bonus$0 - 1,350
Total Pay$4,350 - 12,620

Research Scientist Salary Range

Low
$52,230
Average salary
$83,440
Senior
$101,490
High
$135,290
Low
$4,350
Average salary
$6,950
Senior
$8,460
High
$11,270
Among Research Scientists in the U.S., Entry Level Research Scientists have the lowest salaries, while Biology Research Scientists, Medical Research Scientists, Senior Research Scientists or Research Scientists working at companies like Amazon, Facebook or Google enjoy the highest salaries.

Research Scientist - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Google Research Scientist$128K/year
+53% 
Amazon Research Scientist$124K/year
+48% 
Facebook Research Scientist$123K/year
+47% 
Senior Research Scientist$100K/year
+20% 
Medical Research Scientist$97K/year
+16% 
Biomedical Research Scientist$95K/year
+14% 
Biology Research Scientist$94K/year
+13% 
Entry Level Research Scientist$57K/year
 -32%

Research Scientist - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Research Scientist with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $56,720 per year. A mid level Research Scientist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $76,230, while a Senior Research Scientist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $90,240. Research Scientists with more than 20 years of experience earn $100,650 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Research Scientist

Late Career▲ +21%
Senior▲ +8%
Average Salary$83,440/year
Mid Level▼ -9%
Entry Level▼ -32%

Gender Breakdown

Female
48%
Male
52%

Research Scientist - Jobs by Location

Research Scientist - Related Salaries

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