Researcher salary in California

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Based on 1,334 income tax records
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How much do Researchers make?
The average total salary for a Researcher is $80,500 per year. This is based on data from 1,334 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Researcher and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Researcher salary can vary between $26,000 to $328,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Researcher salary by company

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Salary range**
Google, California
36 income tax records
$222K – $541K
Lawrence Livermore National Secu, California
19 income tax records
$101K – $184K
Genentech, California
30 income tax records
$82K – $259K
Rand, California
15 income tax records
$32K – $169K
TriNet, California
21 income tax records
$65K – $227K
US Department Of Defense, California
16 income tax records
$55K – $160K
State Of California, California
21 income tax records
$48K – $114K
California Institute Of, California
17 income tax records
$54K – $130K
The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University, California
101 income tax records
$28K – $138K
University Of California, California
286 income tax records
$25K – $142K
University Of Southern, California
18 income tax records
$31K – $116K

Researcher demographics in California

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48% are single
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52% are married
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36% have kids
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46% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Researchers in California

1,334 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a researcher in California is $80,500 per year. Researcher salaries in California can vary between $26,000 to $328,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 1,334 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as researcher.

The following companies offer the highest salaries for researchers in California: Google ($347,000 a year), Lawrence Livermore National Secu ($153,000 a year), and Genentech ($145,000 a year).

The following cities offer the highest salaries for researchers in California: Santa Clara, CA ($159,000 a year), Sunnyvale, CA ($139,500 a year), and Hayward, CA ($139,000 a year).
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
Total salary ranges shown here exclude outliers.