Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Research Scientist make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

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$127,078 / yrTotal Pay
$101,692 / yrBase Pay
$25,387 / yrAdditional Pay

$127,078

 / yr
$79K$208K
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The estimated total pay for a Research Scientist is $127,078 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $101,692 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 $25,387 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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$127,078 /yr
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Top Paying Companies

For a Research Scientist in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Research Scientist in United States. Employers include Meta, Google and Tencent.

1
Meta
$283,620/yr
2
Google
$282,908/yr
4
Baidu
$269,453/yr
5
eBay
$264,401/yr
6
Adobe
$250,585/yr
8
Apple
$242,536/yr
10
Uber
$237,416/yr

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Top Paying Industries

For a Research Scientist in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Research Scientist in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $204,825, Financial Services with a median total pay of $193,387, Insurance with a median total pay of $159,904, Telecommunications with a median total pay of $151,660, and Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $146,316.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$204,825

    44% Higher than other industries

  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$193,387

    41% Higher than other industries

  • InsuranceInsurance$159,904

    28% Higher than other industries

  • TelecommunicationsTelecommunications$151,660

    24% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$146,316

    22% Higher than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Research Scientist are Meta, Google, and Tencent.

MetaMeta$283,620/yr
GoogleGoogle$282,908/yr
TencentTencent$270,596/yr

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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 of Time

Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$172,500

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Scientist

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$77,000

/yr

$70K | $7K

SubmittedYesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$75,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$101,000

/yr

$86K | $15K

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$17

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$50,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$133,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Research Scientist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$100,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Scientist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$92,000

/yr

$80K | $12K

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday

Research Scientist pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Research Scientist is $101,692 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Research Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 20404 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Research Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Research Scientist in United States is $161,934 per year.

The lowest salary for a Research Scientist in United States is $63,861 per year.

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