Research Scientist salary in the United States

Average salary
$74,500/yr
Based on 10,190 income tax records
$30,500
$227,000
Age:
Average salary by age
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26-35
36-45
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56+
 
$48K
 
$66K
 
$78K
 
$95K
 
$97K
$30,500
$227,000
How much do Research Scientists make?
The average total salary for a Research Scientist is $74,500 per year. This is based on data from 10,190 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Research Scientist and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Research Scientist salary can vary between $30,500 to $227,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Research Scientist salary by location

Research Scientist salary by company

Employer
Average salary per year*
Salary range**
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Google, San Francisco County, CA
14 income tax records
$606,000/yr
$252K – $1.2M
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Adobe, Santa Clara County, CA
18 income tax records
$447,000/yr
$136K – $877K
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Microsoft, King County, WA
19 income tax records
$336,000/yr
$212K – $579K
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Apple, Santa Clara County, CA
13 income tax records
$296,000/yr
$170K – $836K
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Gilead Sciences, San Mateo County, CA
12 income tax records
$208,500/yr
$148K – $327K
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Genentech, San Mateo County, CA
11 income tax records
$188,000/yr
$127K – $449K
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Intel, Washington County, OR
19 income tax records
$181,000/yr
$132K – $215K
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IBM, Westchester County, NY
27 income tax records
$171,000/yr
$126K – $283K
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TriNet, San Mateo County, CA
13 income tax records
$152,500/yr
$78K – $277K
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Lilly, Marion County, IN
33 income tax records
$139,000/yr
$77K – $226K
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Lawrence Livermore National Secu, Alameda County, CA
34 income tax records
$133,000/yr
$101K – $168K
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Brookhaven National Laboratory B, Suffolk County, NY
10 income tax records
$121,500/yr
$79K – $156K
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Ntess, Bernalillo County, NM
21 income tax records
$116,500/yr
$91K – $135K
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US Department Of Defense, Montgomery County, MD
51 income tax records
$113,500/yr
$56K – $189K
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John L. Scott, Montgomery County, PA
12 income tax records
$112,000/yr
$74K – $146K
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Utbattelle, Knox County, TN
51 income tax records
$111,000/yr
$72K – $185K
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Pioneer Hibred International In, Polk County, IA
17 income tax records
$108,500/yr
$77K – $151K
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Triad National Security, Los Alamos County, NM
28 income tax records
$99,000/yr
$70K – $138K
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State Of New York, Albany County, NY
44 income tax records
$81,000/yr
$50K – $123K
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The Broad Institute, Middlesex County, MA
31 income tax records
$77,000/yr
$38K – $118K
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California Institute Of, Los Angeles County, CA
36 income tax records
$76,000/yr
$39K – $187K
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University Of California, Alameda County, CA
51 income tax records
$75,000/yr
$23K – $136K
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St Jude Childrens Res Hosp, Shelby County, TN
34 income tax records
$69,000/yr
$53K – $151K
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The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University, San Mateo County, CA
50 income tax records
$65,500/yr
$37K – $100K
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University Of Wisconsin System, Dane County, WI
39 income tax records
$60,500/yr
$34K – $97K
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, New York County, NY
26 income tax records
$57,500/yr
$38K – $69K
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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore County, MD
48 income tax records
$56,500/yr
$36K – $100K
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, King County, WA
20 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$35K – $93K
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University Of Michigan Payroll O, Washtenaw County, MI
56 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$38K – $102K
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University Of Washington, Snohomish County, WA
28 income tax records
$55,500/yr
$36K – $95K
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Northwestern University, Cook County, IL
28 income tax records
$54,500/yr
$33K – $117K
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The University Of Texas At Austin Payroll Services, Travis County, TX
47 income tax records
$54,500/yr
$26K – $124K
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University Of Florida, Alachua County, FL
25 income tax records
$54,000/yr
$29K – $82K
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Mayo Foundation For Medical Education And Research, Olmsted County, MN
26 income tax records
$53,500/yr
$40K – $107K
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Yale University, New Haven County, CT
59 income tax records
$53,500/yr
$30K – $105K
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Colorado State University, Larimer County, CO
24 income tax records
$53,500/yr
$38K – $97K
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The Ohio State University, Franklin County, OH
47 income tax records
$53,000/yr
$31K – $95K
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The University Of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Harris County, TX
37 income tax records
$53,000/yr
$28K – $86K
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Seattle Children's Hospital, King County, WA
36 income tax records
$53,000/yr
$29K – $90K
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University Of Utah, Salt Lake County, UT
22 income tax records
$52,500/yr
$36K – $84K
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The University Of Chicago, Cook County, IL
26 income tax records
$52,000/yr
$38K – $75K
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Washington University In St. Louis, St. Louis County, MO
24 income tax records
$52,000/yr
$31K – $73K
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Trustees Of The University Of, Philadelphia County, PA
38 income tax records
$52,000/yr
$33K – $66K
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Duke University, Durham County, NC
30 income tax records
$52,000/yr
$25K – $131K
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University Of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
38 income tax records
$51,000/yr
$25K – $65K
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Arizona State University, Maricopa County, AZ
24 income tax records
$50,500/yr
$25K – $92K
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UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas County, TX
41 income tax records
$50,000/yr
$27K – $60K
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UT Health Science Center, Bexar County, TX
30 income tax records
$48,500/yr
$26K – $77K
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University Of Illinois, Champaign County, IL
27 income tax records
$48,000/yr
$38K – $81K
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University Of Arizona, Pima County, AZ
36 income tax records
$47,000/yr
$25K – $69K

Research Scientist demographics in United States

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46% are single
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54% are married
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38% have kids
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47% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Research Scientists in United States

10,190 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a research scientist in the United States is $74,500 per year. Research scientist salaries in the United States can vary between $30,500 to $227,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 10,190 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as research scientist.

The following companies offer the highest salaries for research scientists in the United States: Google ($606,000 a year), Adobe ($447,000 a year), and Microsoft ($336,000 a year).

The following cities offer the highest salaries for research scientists in the United States: San Jose Metro Area, CA ($136,000 a year), Indianapolis Metro Area, IN ($127,500 a year), and San Francisco Metro Area, CA ($111,000 a year).
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Total salary amounts here include total taxable wages, tips, prizes and other compensation. Salaries here are not representative of the total population and may reflect different levels of experience or education. Learn more
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Total salary ranges shown here exclude outliers.