How much does a Research Fellow/Research Fellow make?

Updated Dec 4, 2023

Experience

Industry

Total Pay Range
$73K - $106K/yr
Base Pay
$62K - $87K/yr
Additional Pay
$10K - $19K/yr

$87K

/yr
$73K$106K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Research Fellow/Research Fellow is $87,323 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $73,525 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 $13,797 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.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $73K-$106K/yr?

Related Job Titles

For Research Fellow

Some related job titles are Research Scientist Salaries with median pay of $140,675, Assistant Professor Salaries with median pay of $125,595, Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries with median pay of $78,620, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Salaries with median pay of $70,846.

Top Paying Companies

For a Research Fellow in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Research Fellow in United States. Employers include The Clorox Company, Johnson & Johnson and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

1
The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company
$121,145/yr
160 open jobs
6
IFPRI
$108,090/yr
7
Merck
$105,373/yr
9
LMI
$97,690/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Research Fellow in United States

1The Clorox Company$121,145
2Johnson & Johnson$120,212
3Vertex Pharmaceuticals$118,065
4Biogen$117,451
5Pfizer$109,157
6IFPRI$108,090
7Merck$105,373
8Inter-American Development Bank$102,388
9LMI$97,690
10US Department of Energy$90,190

What are total pay estimates for a Research Fellow/Research Fellow at different companies?

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NIH
4.3
Research FellowSee 2,726 salaries from this location

$78,512

 / yr
Harvard University
4.3
Research FellowSee 755 salaries from this location

$62,499

 / yr
University of Michigan
4.3
Research FellowSee 634 salaries from this location

$60,503

 / yr
Brigham and Women's Hospital
3.8
Research FellowSee 624 salaries from this location

$61,692

 / yr
Mayo Clinic
3.9
Research FellowSee 623 salaries from this location

$64,417

 / yr
Massachusetts General Hospital
4
Research FellowSee 556 salaries from this location

$61,578

 / yr
Boston Children's Hospital
4
Research FellowSee 362 salaries from this location

$60,444

 / yr

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Vanderbilt University
4.2
Research FellowSee 330 salaries from this location

$59,935

 / yr
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
4.1
Research FellowSee 326 salaries from this location

$62,008

 / yr
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
3.6
Research FellowSee 315 salaries from this location

$61,491

 / yr
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
4
Research FellowSee 174 salaries from this location

$65,031

 / yr
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
4
Research FellowSee 169 salaries from this location

$64,062

 / yr
The General Hospital CorporationResearch FellowSee 169 salaries from this location

$66,573

 / yr
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
3.8
Research FellowSee 122 salaries from this location

$62,013

 / yr
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
3.7
Research FellowSee 111 salaries from this location

$61,532

 / yr
The Johns Hopkins University
4.1
Research FellowSee 92 salaries from this location

$61,527

 / yr
Boston Children's Hospital
4
Research Fellow/Research FellowSee 90 salaries from this location

$60,694

 / yr
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
3.8
Research Fellow/Research FellowSee 80 salaries from this location

$61,938

 / yr
University of Texas at Austin
4.2
Research FellowSee 74 salaries from this location

$60,422

 / yr
Immune Disease Institute
4
Research FellowSee 70 salaries from this location

$72,028

 / yr
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Research Fellow/Research Fellow Salaries

Job TitleSalary
NIH Research Fellow salaries - 2,726 salaries reported$78,512/yr
Harvard University Research Fellow salaries - 755 salaries reported$62,499/yr
University of Michigan Research Fellow salaries - 634 salaries reported$60,503/yr
Brigham and Women's Hospital Research Fellow salaries - 624 salaries reported$61,692/yr
Mayo Clinic Research Fellow salaries - 623 salaries reported$64,417/yr
Massachusetts General Hospital Research Fellow salaries - 556 salaries reported$61,578/yr
Boston Children's Hospital Research Fellow salaries - 362 salaries reported$60,444/yr
Vanderbilt University Research Fellow salaries - 330 salaries reported$59,935/yr
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Fellow salaries - 326 salaries reported$62,008/yr
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Fellow salaries - 315 salaries reported$61,491/yr
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Research Fellow salaries - 174 salaries reported$65,031/yr
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Fellow salaries - 169 salaries reported$64,062/yr
The General Hospital Corporation Research Fellow salaries - 169 salaries reported$66,573/yr
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Fellow salaries - 122 salaries reported$62,013/yr
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Research Fellow salaries - 111 salaries reported$61,532/yr
The Johns Hopkins University Research Fellow salaries - 92 salaries reported$61,527/yr
Boston Children's Hospital Research Fellow/Research Fellow salaries - 90 salaries reported$60,694/yr
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Fellow/Research Fellow salaries - 80 salaries reported$61,938/yr
University of Texas at Austin Research Fellow salaries - 74 salaries reported$60,422/yr
Immune Disease Institute Research Fellow salaries - 70 salaries reported$72,028/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Research Fellow in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Research Fellow in United States are Manufacturing with a median total pay of $121,145, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $109,157, Financial Services with a median total pay of $105,239, Information Technology with a median total pay of $87,804, and Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $79,551.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • ManufacturingManufacturing$121,145

    48% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$109,157

    43% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$105,239

    41% Higher than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$87,804

    29% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$79,551

    22% Higher than other industries

Manufacturing

The top paying company in Manufacturing for Research Fellow is The Clorox Company.

The Clorox CompanyThe Clorox Company$121,145/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.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Research Fellow

United States of America

 | <1 year

$2,000

/mo

Submitted Yesterday

<1 year
Yesterday
Research Fellow

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$70,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Post Doctoral Fellow

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$45,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Post Doctoral Fellow

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$50,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Fellow

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$19

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Clinical Fellow - PGY-7

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$95,934

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Research Fellow

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$58,999

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Teaching Fellow

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$49,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday

Research Fellow/Research Fellow pay FAQ

The average salary for a Research Fellow/Research Fellow is $87,323 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 233 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Research Fellow/Research Fellow employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Research Fellow/Research Fellow in United States is $106,049 per year.

The lowest salary for a Research Fellow/Research Fellow in United States is $72,677 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Research Fellow/Research Fellow or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Research Fellow/Research Fellow.

Working as a research fellow allows one to perform intellectually stimulating and impactful work while maintaining relative independence. The job stability and pay of a research fellow generally lags that of tenured professors, because funding is dependent on grant renewal, but opportunities are more plentiful and therefore more accessible to earlier career researchers. Since grants are typically most plentiful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations, research fellows with expertise in subjects such as biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering and statistics can typically expect the highest pay.

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71% of current research fellows say they are happy with their pay, according to data collected by Glassdoor. Research fellows have the opportunity for an average of $5,764.04 in additional pay each year, potentially qualifying the role as a high-paying one.

Research fellows are responsible for conducting research, pursuing funding sources, and publishing findings. The average salary rate of a research fellow is usually around $76,670.91, but can range between $61,134.78 and $112,265.82. You may receive additional stipends from sponsored or institutional funding sources, bringing total pay to a mean of around $82,434.95. Your pay may also increase as you advance along your career path.

As you gain more experience as a research fellow, you will publish more of your own findings in addition to running your own research lab or overseeing and mentoring undergraduate researchers. Naturally, publishing can have a direct impact on your ability to secure funding.

Most research fellows eventually become colleagues at the institutions where they do their research or look for similar positions elsewhere. If you are already working as a research fellow, this is likely your career trajectory — but other professional opportunities exist. In addition to advanced knowledge in your field, you'll already have management, writing, presentation and data analysis skills in-hand, all of which are in high demand.

Leveraging management, data analysis skills, or successful grant proposals can help you negotiate a higher salary. Naturally, you'll want to list these on your resume and familiarize yourself with some of the more common interview questions research fellows are asked.

Most research fellows receive a faculty benefits package similar to that of other faculty. Research national salary surveys and job postings as well as the cost of living in the area where you want to work. You should also be clear on teaching load you'll be expected to handle along with any additional work or expenses that may come with the fellowship, such as moving costs and even parking expenses.

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