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Research Scientist salary in United States

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

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The average salary for a research scientist is $78,572 per year in the United States. 950 salaries reported, updated at June 24, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Research Scientists in United States

  1. FM Global
    159 reviews20 salaries reported
    $207,844per year
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Highest paying cities for Research Scientists in United States

  1. Seattle, WA
    $119,622 per year
    15 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $107,501 per year
    13 salaries reported
  3. Boston, MA
    $104,460 per year
    29 salaries reported
  1. Cambridge, MA
    $104,458 per year
    31 salaries reported
  2. Dayton, OH
    $103,037 per year
    12 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $77,955 per year
    6 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $76,255 per year
    32 salaries reported
  2. Columbus, OH
    $73,050 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $68,826 per year
    92 salaries reported
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Where can a Research Scientist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Research Scientists

Top fields of study
Computer Science Degree

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Most common benefits for Research Scientists

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 108 ratings

65% of Research Scientists 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?


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