How much does a Research Scientist make in San Francisco, CA?

Updated Jul 23, 2021

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$141,816 /yr
Average Base Pay

1,463 salaries

$95K

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$142K

Average

$211K

High

Additional Cash Compensation
Average$24,009Range$3,871 - $148,934
The average salary for Research Scientist is $141,816 per year in San Francisco, CA Area. Salaries estimates are based on 1463 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Research Scientist employees in San Francisco, CA Area.

Seniority Levels

L2
Research Scientist$141,816 /yr
L3
Senior Research Scientist$148,265 /yr
L4
Leader of Research$187,882 /yr
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Facebook
4.3

Facebook

Research Scientist

$170,770

 /yr
Range: $147K - $231K
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$147K

$231K

$146,853 - $230,640 Range

Gilead Sciences
3.8

Gilead Sciences

Research Scientist

$144,853

 /yr
Range: $81K - $170K

$81K

$170K

$80,716 - $170,427 Range

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
4.6

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Research Scientist

$145,497

 /yr
Range: $105K - $187K

$105K

$187K

$104,790 - $187,454 Range

Lawrence Berkeley Lab
4.3

Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Research Scientist

$126,924

 /yr
Range: $61K - $164K

$61K

$164K

$61,110 - $164,220 Range

SRI International
3.8

SRI International

Research Scientist

$93,339

 /yr
Range: $78K - $163K

$78K

$163K

$77,600 - $162,769 Range

University of California Berkeley
4.3

University of California Berkeley

Research Scientist

$88,944

 /yr
Range: $56K - $122K

$56K

$122K

$56,490 - $121,767 Range

Chevron
4.1

Chevron

Research Scientist

$138,564

 /yr
Range: $124K - $166K

$124K

$166K

$124,207 - $166,449 Range

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Lyft
3.9

Lyft

Research Scientist

$178,588

 /yr
Range: $150K - $237K

$150K

$237K

$150,106 - $237,063 Range

Uber
4

Uber

Research Scientist

$167,843

 /yr
Range: $133K - $179K

$133K

$179K

$132,897 - $178,530 Range

Genentech
4.2

Genentech

Research Scientist

$172,806

 /yr
Range: $98K - $186K

$98K

$186K

$97,764 - $186,462 Range

UC San Francisco
4.1

UC San Francisco

Research Scientist

$62,347

 /yr
Range: $45K - $110K

$45K

$110K

$45,187 - $109,918 Range

Gladstone Institutes
4.6

Gladstone Institutes

Research Scientist

$67,558

 /yr
Range: $65K - $120K

$65K

$120K

$64,696 - $120,000 Range

Exelixis
3.8

Exelixis

Research Scientist

$108,194

 /yr
Range: $97K - $124K

$97K

$124K

$96,897 - $123,742 Range

EQECAT
2.7

EQECAT

Research Scientist

$113,127

 /yr
Range: $98K - $122K

$98K

$122K

$98,453 - $121,524 Range

Fitbit
4.2

Fitbit

Research Scientist

$135,787

 /yr
Range: $116K - $160K

$116K

$160K

$116,353 - $159,549 Range

Ricoh Innovations
3.7

Ricoh Innovations

Research Scientist

$139,631

 /yr
Range: $129K - $161K

$129K

$161K

$128,939 - $160,654 Range

Adobe
4.4

Adobe

Research Scientist

$146,782

 /yr
Range: $137K - $183K

$137K

$183K

$136,554 - $183,416 Range

Amgen
4

Amgen

Research Scientist

$120,884

 /yr
Range: $83K - $139K

$83K

$139K

$83,451 - $138,531 Range

Intel Corporation
4.2

Intel Corporation

Research Scientist

$155,073

 /yr
Range: $64K - $185K

$64K

$185K

$64,110 - $184,577 Range

Impax Laboratories
2.7

Impax Laboratories

Research Scientist

$114,026

 /yr
Range: $106K - $133K

$106K

$133K

$105,970 - $132,933 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Research Scientist salaries

The average salary for a Research Scientist is $141,816 per year in San Francisco, CA Area. Salaries estimates are based on 1463 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Research Scientist employees in San Francisco, CA Area.

The highest salary for a Research Scientist in San Francisco, CA Area is $210,969 per year.

The lowest salary for a Research Scientist in San Francisco, CA Area is $95,330 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent research scientist salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$11,000
monthly
A Research Scientist reported making $11,000 per month
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$148,000
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $148,000 per year
Additional Pay
$21k cash bonus
$5k stock bonus
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$70,000
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$70,000
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$120,000
per year
A Scientist reported making $120,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$200,000
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $200,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$145,000
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $145,000 per year
Additional Pay
$25k cash bonus
$35k stock bonus
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$79,997
per year
A Research Scientist reported making $79,997 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$130,000
per year
A Scientist reported making $130,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private