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

1.3k salaries reported, updated at April 12, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a research assistant is $16.53 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Dental insurance
  • Work from home
  • Disability insurance
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for research assistants

Most recommended skill

Experimental Design

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 $16.53 per hour.


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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Most common benefits for Research Assistants

  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Dental insurance
  • Work from home
  • Disability insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • 403(b)
  • Referral program
  • Stock options
  • 401(k) matching
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Salary satisfaction

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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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