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Research scientist salary in United States

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

Average base salary

Average $99,361
Low $55,105
High $179,158
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a research scientist is $99,361 per year in the United States. 2.6k salaries reported, updated at December 5, 2023

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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

    283 reviews10 salaries reported
    $198,031per year
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Highest paying cities for Research Scientists near United States

  1. Menlo Park, CA
    $181,865 per year
    39 salaries reported
  2. Berkeley, CA
    $137,542 per year
    16 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $115,931 per year
    119 salaries reported
  1. Cambridge, MA
    $103,152 per year
    92 salaries reported
  2. Seattle, WA
    $90,309 per year
    174 salaries reported
  3. Albany, NY
    $86,895 per year
    155 salaries reported
  1. Baltimore, MD
    $86,508 per year
    7 salaries reported
  2. Boulder, CO
    $84,705 per year
    38 salaries reported
  3. Columbus, OH
    $78,421 per year
    19 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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Average $94,101 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Research Scientist

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