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How much does a Scientist make in the United States?

Average base salary
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5.2k salaries reported, updated at Sep 24, 2020
$100,672
per year

The average salary for a scientist is $100,672 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Stock options
  • Caregiver leave
  • Adoption assistance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Sabbatical
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for scientists

Most recommended skill

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earn +49.54% more

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 7.90% since 2018. Scientists with this skill earn +49.54% more than the average base salary, which is $100,672 per year.

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SAS
+46.70%
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Apache
+46.81%
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+77.64%
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Data Modeling
+63.96%
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+63.09%
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Statistics Degree
+49.54%
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Computational Biology Degree
+66.03%
26 jobs
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Computer Science Degree
+29.97%
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Most common benefits for Scientists

  • Stock options
  • Caregiver leave
  • Adoption assistance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Sabbatical
  • Health insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • Referral program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 185 ratings

62% of Scientists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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