Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Researcher make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

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Industry

$50,988 / yrTotal Pay
$47,157 / yrBase Pay
$3,831 / yrAdditional Pay

$50,988

 / yr
$30K$87K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Researcher is $50,988 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $47,157 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,831 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Related Job Titles

For Researcher

Some related job titles are Research Analyst Salaries with median pay of $71,758, Research Engineer Salaries with median pay of $135,564, User Experience Researcher Salaries with median pay of $85,469, Research Associate Salaries with median pay of $62,618.

Top Paying Companies

For a Researcher in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Researcher in United States. Employers include AQR Capital Management, Meta and Jump Trading.

1
AQR Capital Management
AQR Capital Management
$189,091/yr
2
Meta
$178,261/yr
7
Adobe
$152,120/yr
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$161,219

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$16,810

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$81,576

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Top Paying Industries

For a Researcher in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Researcher in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $113,180, Financial Services with a median total pay of $111,466, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $102,330, Telecommunications with a median total pay of $83,534, and Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $82,843.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$113,180

    49% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$111,466

    48% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$102,330

    43% Higher than other industries

  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$83,534

    31% Higher than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$82,843

    30% Higher than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Researcher are Meta, Google, and Microsoft.

MetaMeta$178,261/yr
GoogleGoogle$162,269/yr
MicrosoftMicrosoft$161,219/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Research & Science?

Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.

A Researcher salary range in US can vary based on important factors such as education, skills, certifications, and years of experience. A Researcher in US can expect to see an entry level salary range of $40,959 to $79,919 per year, based on 109 salary contributions. At the highest seniority level, an experienced Researcher in US can make a salary range of $29,808 to $178,799 with at least 5 years of experience, based on 8 salary contributions. The top 3 companies in US where a Researcher gets the highest compensation are UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, Millennium Management LLC and Fidelity Management and Research LLC. Bigger companies typically pay 22.43% less than smaller companies for a Researcher.

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Total Years of Experience

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Researcher

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$100,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Lab Researcher

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$10

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Researcher

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$24,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
PreDoctoral Researcher

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$32,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Researcher

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$58

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Researcher

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$113,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Post Doctoral Researcher

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$50,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Researcher

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$38,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Researcher

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$100,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday

Researcher pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Researcher is $47,157 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Researcher salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 8202 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Researcher employees.

The highest salary for a Researcher in United States is $80,274 per year.

The lowest salary for a Researcher in United States is $27,703 per year.

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