Scientist salary in the United States

Average salary
$91,500/yr
Based on 23,585 income tax records
$35,000
$246,000
Age:
Average salary by age
18-25
26-35
36-45
46-55
56+
 
$54K
 
$77K
 
$102K
 
$116K
 
$118K
$35,000
$246,000
How much do Scientists make?
The average total salary for a Scientist is $91,500 per year. This is based on data from 23,585 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Scientist and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Scientist salary can vary between $35,000 to $246,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Based on income reported to the IRS in box 1 of W-2.

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Scientist salary by location

Scientist salary by company

Employer
Average salary per year*
Salary range**
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Gilead Sciences, San Mateo County, CA
24 income tax records
$238,500/yr
$133K – $608K
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Genentech, San Mateo County, CA
65 income tax records
$218,000/yr
$124K – $387K
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Westchester County, NY
41 income tax records
$184,000/yr
$113K – $587K
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Juno Therapeutics, King County, WA
28 income tax records
$150,500/yr
$103K – $414K
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Jhu Applied Physics Laboratory, Howard County, MD
21 income tax records
$150,500/yr
$116K – $188K
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Lawrence Livermore National Secu, Alameda County, CA
71 income tax records
$146,500/yr
$86K – $246K
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John L. Scott, Bucks County, PA
22 income tax records
$145,000/yr
$87K – $461K
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Boehringer Ingelheim, Fairfield County, CT
23 income tax records
$144,000/yr
$76K – $297K
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Illumina, San Diego County, CA
55 income tax records
$133,000/yr
$87K – $220K
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Bayer AG, St. Louis County, MO
21 income tax records
$132,500/yr
$72K – $172K
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Brookhaven National Laboratory B, Suffolk County, NY
26 income tax records
$128,500/yr
$90K – $184K
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TriNet, Middlesex County, MA
24 income tax records
$128,000/yr
$65K – $227K
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Biogen Ma, Middlesex County, MA
43 income tax records
$127,500/yr
$91K – $319K
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Department Of The Interior, Montgomery County, MD
20 income tax records
$127,500/yr
$93K – $153K
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California Institute Of, Los Angeles County, CA
54 income tax records
$127,000/yr
$53K – $201K
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Alliance For Sustainable Energ, Jefferson County, CO
26 income tax records
$126,000/yr
$70K – $228K
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Glaxosmithkline, Chester County, PA
32 income tax records
$124,500/yr
$86K – $231K
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Utbattelle, Knox County, TN
60 income tax records
$124,000/yr
$73K – $204K
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Ntess, Bernalillo County, NM
53 income tax records
$123,000/yr
$77K – $181K
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Procter & Gamble, Warren County, OH
20 income tax records
$123,000/yr
$73K – $242K
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Triad National Security, Los Alamos County, NM
120 income tax records
$122,000/yr
$75K – $208K
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Pfizer, New London County, CT
49 income tax records
$120,000/yr
$62K – $358K
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Leidos, Frederick County, MD
21 income tax records
$114,500/yr
$75K – $164K
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Medimmune, Montgomery County, MD
44 income tax records
$114,500/yr
$78K – $235K
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Pharmacia Upjohn, San Diego County, CA
38 income tax records
$114,500/yr
$79K – $194K
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University Of California, Contra Costa County, CA
26 income tax records
$111,000/yr
$69K – $173K
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The Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University, San Mateo County, CA
30 income tax records
$100,500/yr
$47K – $209K
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State Of California, Sacramento County, CA
37 income tax records
$91,500/yr
$45K – $119K
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The Ohio State University, Franklin County, OH
22 income tax records
$90,000/yr
$44K – $196K
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St Jude Childrens Res Hosp, Shelby County, TN
53 income tax records
$89,500/yr
$51K – $235K
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The Broad Institute, Middlesex County, MA
29 income tax records
$87,500/yr
$46K – $151K
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Patheon Manufacturing, Pitt County, NC
22 income tax records
$86,500/yr
$47K – $119K
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, King County, WA
34 income tax records
$84,000/yr
$51K – $184K
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Life Technologies, San Diego County, CA
29 income tax records
$83,500/yr
$49K – $170K
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Allen Institute, King County, WA
29 income tax records
$83,000/yr
$50K – $114K
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Promega, Dane County, WI
26 income tax records
$79,500/yr
$54K – $136K
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Kelly Services, Montgomery County, MD
21 income tax records
$79,500/yr
$61K – $104K
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University Of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
31 income tax records
$64,000/yr
$26K – $158K
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University Of Washington, King County, WA
79 income tax records
$63,500/yr
$27K – $173K
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Columbia University, New York County, NY
36 income tax records
$62,000/yr
$44K – $166K
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University Of Michigan Payroll O, Washtenaw County, MI
36 income tax records
$61,500/yr
$24K – $173K
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University Of Wisconsin System, Dane County, WI
73 income tax records
$60,500/yr
$36K – $122K
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Harvard University, Middlesex County, MA
32 income tax records
$60,000/yr
$45K – $168K
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University Of Florida, Alachua County, FL
30 income tax records
$56,500/yr
$35K – $192K
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Yale University, New Haven County, CT
37 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$30K – $164K
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Duke University, Durham County, NC
34 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$35K – $119K
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Washington University In St. Louis, St. Louis County, MO
48 income tax records
$55,500/yr
$40K – $214K
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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore County, MD
34 income tax records
$55,000/yr
$26K – $163K
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Northwestern University, Cook County, IL
33 income tax records
$51,000/yr
$28K – $135K

Scientist demographics in United States

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42% are single
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58% are married
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43% have kids
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59% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Scientists in United States

23,585 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a scientist in the United States is $91,500 per year. Scientist salaries in the United States can vary between $35,000 to $246,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 23,585 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as scientist.

The following companies offer the highest salaries for scientists in the United States: Gilead Sciences ($238,500 a year), Genentech ($218,000 a year), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ($184,000 a year).

The following cities offer the highest salaries for scientists in the United States: Oxnard Metro Area, CA ($133,000 a year), San Francisco Metro Area, CA ($127,000 a year), and San Jose Metro Area, CA ($119,000 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.