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Research Assistant salary in United States

How much does a Research Assistant make in the United States?

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The average salary for a research assistant is $18.55 per hour in the United States. 1.8k salaries reported, updated at June 24, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Research Assistants in United States

  1. University of California, Santa Barbara
    401 reviews15 salaries reported
    $73.69per hour
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Highest paying cities for Research Assistants in United States

  1. Chicago, IL
    $25.14 per hour
    37 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $22.49 per hour
    30 salaries reported
  3. Boston, MA
    $22.44 per hour
    46 salaries reported
  1. Washington, DC
    $21.28 per hour
    40 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $20.66 per hour
    28 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $20.08 per hour
    15 salaries reported
  1. Baltimore, MD
    $16.78 per hour
    14 salaries reported
  2. Detroit, MI
    $16.70 per hour
    9 salaries reported
  3. College Station, TX
    $14.09 per hour
    8 salaries reported
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Where can a Research Assistant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Research Assistants

Most recommended skill

Experimental Designearn +58.69% more

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 31.63% since 2018. Research Assistants with this skill earn +58.69% more than the average base salary, which is $18.55 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
201221increase by 21
2013138increase by 557.14%
2014288increase by 108.70%
2015142decrease by 50.69%
2016185increase by 30.28%
2017122decrease by 34.05%
2018215increase by 76.23%
2019283increase by 31.63%

Top companies hiring Research Assistants with the recommended skill

Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Yale University
Harvard University
Boston Children's Hospital
Virginia Commonwealth University
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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
11 jobs15
10 jobs12
34 jobs65
143 jobs276
37 jobs52
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Most common benefits for Research Assistants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Based on 928 ratings

56% of Research Assistants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Research Associate

18,591 job openings

Average $58,868 per year

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