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How much does a Research Scientist make?

Updated Nov 28, 2021

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Employer Size

Experience

$97,507 /yr
Average Base Pay

15,394 salaries

$56K

Low

$98K

Average

$168K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for Research Scientist is $97,507 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Research Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 15394 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Research Scientist employees.

Seniority Levels

L2
Research Scientist$97,507 /yr
L3
Senior Research Scientist$117,936 /yr
L4
Leader of Research$169,789 /yr
Career Path

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Meta
4.3

Meta

Research Scientist

$168,604

 /yr
Range: $124K - $308K
1,510 salaries
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$124K

$308K

$123,895 - $307,587 Range

NVIDIA
4.6

NVIDIA

Research Scientist

$169,351

 /yr
Range: $137K - $237K

$137K

$237K

$137,394 - $237,353 Range

MIT
4.5

MIT

Research Scientist

$79,303

 /yr
Range: $42K - $214K

$42K

$214K

$42,005 - $213,754 Range

Intel Corporation
4.2

Intel Corporation

Research Scientist

$157,028

 /yr
Range: $31K - $260K

$31K

$260K

$30,660 - $260,345 Range

Amazon
3.7

Amazon

Research Scientist

$124,117

 /yr
Range: $12K - $173K

$12K

$173K

$11,945 - $172,975 Range

Eli Lilly and Company
4.1

Eli Lilly and Company

Research Scientist

$130,667

 /yr
Range: $73K - $151K

$73K

$151K

$72,968 - $150,816 Range

Google
4.5

Google

Research Scientist

$161,450

 /yr
Range: $116K - $288K

$116K

$288K

$116,267 - $287,511 Range

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University of Virginia
4.3

University of Virginia

Research Scientist

$60,177

 /yr
Range: $48K - $117K

$48K

$117K

$48,469 - $117,154 Range

University of Washington
4.3

University of Washington

Research Scientist

$64,391

 /yr
Range: $40K - $171K

$40K

$171K

$39,900 - $170,711 Range

MD Anderson Cancer Center
4.2

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Scientist

$64,603

 /yr
Range: $52K - $110K

$52K

$110K

$51,830 - $110,000 Range

Research Foundation of State University New York
4

Research Foundation of State University New York

Research Scientist

$64,749

 /yr
Range: $48K - $104K

$48K

$104K

$48,435 - $103,618 Range

The Ohio State University
4.2

The Ohio State University

Research Scientist

$66,990

 /yr
Range: $44K - $134K

$44K

$134K

$44,000 - $134,105 Range

UT Southwestern Medical Center
4

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Research Scientist

$59,990

 /yr
Range: $44K - $81K

$44K

$81K

$44,351 - $81,088 Range

NYU (New York University)
4.3

NYU (New York University)

Research Scientist

$66,042

 /yr
Range: $40K - $153K

$40K

$153K

$40,331 - $153,133 Range

Siemens
4.1

Siemens

Research Scientist

$119,938

 /yr
Range: $100K - $149K

$100K

$149K

$100,000 - $149,263 Range

KLA
3.9

KLA

Research Scientist

$134,100

 /yr
Range: $107K - $190K

$107K

$190K

$107,321 - $190,000 Range

Yahoo
4

Yahoo

Research Scientist

$198,865

 /yr
Range: $156K - $218K

$156K

$218K

$155,820 - $217,929 Range

Battelle
3.8

Battelle

Research Scientist

$92,802

 /yr
Range: $68K - $121K

$68K

$121K

$67,633 - $120,653 Range

Virginia Tech
4.3

Virginia Tech

Research Scientist

$64,774

 /yr
Range: $47K - $114K

$47K

$114K

$47,161 - $114,361 Range

Duke University
4.3

Duke University

Research Scientist

$70,611

 /yr
Range: $41K - $109K

$41K

$109K

$41,212 - $109,074 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Research Scientist salaries

The national average salary for a Research Scientist is $97,507 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Research Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 15394 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Research Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Research Scientist in United States is $168,305 per year.

The lowest salary for a Research Scientist in United States is $56,491 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.

$30
hourly
A Scientist in the Lincoln, NE Area area reported making $30 per hour
Job Highlights
Lincoln, NE Area area
Contract
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$100,000
per year
A Scientist in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $100,000 per year
Job Highlights
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public
$110,000
per year
A Research Scientist in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $110,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
$60,000
per year
A Scientist in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $60,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$65,000
per year
A Research Scientist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $65,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$60,000
per year
A Scientist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $60,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$140,000
per year
A Research Scientist in the Indianapolis, IN Area area reported making $140,000 per year
Additional Pay
$12k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Indianapolis, IN Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$72,000
per year
A Scientist in the Pittsburgh, PA Area area reported making $72,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Pittsburgh, PA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$120,000
per year
A Scientist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $120,000 per year
Additional Pay
$10k cash bonus
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public