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

1.6k salaries reported, updated at April 9, 2021
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The average salary for a research scientist is $110,115 per year in the United States.

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  • Stock options
  • Family leave
  • Commuter assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
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Most common benefits for Research Scientists

  • Stock options
  • Family leave
  • Commuter assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Relocation assistance
  • Referral program
  • Dental insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Gym membership
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Salary satisfaction

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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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