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Scientist salary in the United States

Average salary
$85,000/yr
Based on 16,527 income tax records
$33,000
$217,000
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Based on income reported to the IRS in box 1 of W-2.

From consenting TurboTax customers

$33,000
$217,000
DATA PROVIDED BY turbotax icon

Based on income reported to the IRS in box 1 of W-2.

From consenting TurboTax customers

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The average salary for a Scientist in the United States is $85,000 per year. This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 16,527 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as scientists. Scientist salaries in the United States can vary between $33,000 to $217,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more. Read more
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Scientist salary by city

Location
Average salary per year
Salary range
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San Francisco Metro Area, CA
1,289 income tax records
$116,000/yr
$85K – $153K
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San Jose Metro Area, CA
338 income tax records
$115,000/yr
$80K – $157K
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Oxnard Metro Area, CA
58 income tax records
$110,000/yr
$85K – $136K
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Albuquerque Metro Area, NM
76 income tax records
$108,500/yr
$78K – $131K
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Boston Metro Area, MA
1,857 income tax records
$107,000/yr
$80K – $139K
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Norwich Metro Area, CT
57 income tax records
$104,500/yr
$82K – $129K
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Bridgeport Metro Area, CT
55 income tax records
$102,000/yr
$80K – $138K
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Trenton Metro Area, NJ
62 income tax records
$101,000/yr
$74K – $144K
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Washington Metro Area, DC
952 income tax records
$98,500/yr
$76K – $124K
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Knoxville Metro Area, TN
69 income tax records
$97,500/yr
$66K – $121K
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San Diego Metro Area, CA
740 income tax records
$91,500/yr
$69K – $123K
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Worcester Metro Area, MA
120 income tax records
$91,000/yr
$71K – $117K
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Kennewick Metro Area, WA
87 income tax records
$90,500/yr
$74K – $109K
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Chicago Metro Area, IL
437 income tax records
$89,000/yr
$64K – $120K
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Baltimore Metro Area, MD
292 income tax records
$88,500/yr
$65K – $116K
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Seattle Metro Area, WA
432 income tax records
$88,500/yr
$63K – $129K
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Boulder Metro Area, CO
114 income tax records
$88,500/yr
$61K – $113K
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Indianapolis Metro Area, IN
147 income tax records
$87,500/yr
$59K – $131K
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Philadelphia Metro Area, PA
762 income tax records
$86,000/yr
$62K – $120K
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Houston Metro Area, TX
306 income tax records
$85,500/yr
$59K – $117K
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Cincinnati Metro Area, OH
144 income tax records
$84,500/yr
$60K – $106K
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Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
437 income tax records
$84,000/yr
$57K – $116K
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New York Metro Area, NY
922 income tax records
$83,000/yr
$62K – $121K
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Detroit Metro Area, MI
55 income tax records
$79,000/yr
$58K – $98K
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Raleigh Metro Area, NC
284 income tax records
$79,000/yr
$61K – $104K
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Durham Metro Area, NC
198 income tax records
$78,000/yr
$58K – $97K
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Tucson Metro Area, AZ
51 income tax records
$77,000/yr
$61K – $93K
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Albany Metro Area, NY
72 income tax records
$76,500/yr
$57K – $98K
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Minneapolis Metro Area, MN
240 income tax records
$76,000/yr
$59K – $98K
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Memphis Metro Area, TN
56 income tax records
$75,500/yr
$53K – $106K
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Denver Metro Area, CO
176 income tax records
$75,500/yr
$55K – $98K
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Sacramento Metro Area, CA
151 income tax records
$75,500/yr
$58K – $91K
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Providence Metro Area, RI
94 income tax records
$75,000/yr
$62K – $104K
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Portland Metro Area, OR
93 income tax records
$74,000/yr
$59K – $105K
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Atlanta Metro Area, GA
210 income tax records
$74,000/yr
$54K – $98K
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Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA
103 income tax records
$73,500/yr
$50K – $95K
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Phoenix Metro Area, AZ
72 income tax records
$73,000/yr
$50K – $88K
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Dallas Metro Area, TX
151 income tax records
$72,500/yr
$52K – $97K
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Cleveland Metro Area, OH
53 income tax records
$72,000/yr
$51K – $89K
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St. Louis Metro Area, MO
225 income tax records
$72,000/yr
$51K – $98K
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Columbus Metro Area, OH
103 income tax records
$71,500/yr
$53K – $102K
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Salt Lake City Metro Area, UT
65 income tax records
$70,500/yr
$42K – $90K
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Miami Metro Area, FL
126 income tax records
$69,000/yr
$49K – $88K
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Austin Metro Area, TX
136 income tax records
$68,500/yr
$52K – $98K
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New Haven Metro Area, CT
88 income tax records
$68,500/yr
$50K – $109K
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Ann Arbor Metro Area, MI
62 income tax records
$68,000/yr
$53K – $88K
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San Antonio Metro Area, TX
80 income tax records
$64,500/yr
$51K – $85K
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Portland Metro Area, ME
57 income tax records
$63,000/yr
$55K – $76K
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Madison Metro Area, WI
258 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$46K – $72K
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Richmond Metro Area, VA
135 income tax records
$48,500/yr
$39K – $67K

Scientist salary by company

Employer
Average salary per year
Salary range
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Apple, Santa Clara County, CA
10 income tax records
$261,500/yr
$245K – $296K
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Amazon, King County, WA
17 income tax records
$254,000/yr
$235K – $291K
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Genentech, San Mateo County, CA
49 income tax records
$194,500/yr
$150K – $235K
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E R Squibb Sons, Mercer County, NJ
10 income tax records
$179,000/yr
$132K – $232K
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Lilly, Hamilton County, IN
15 income tax records
$172,500/yr
$85K – $245K
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Millennium, Middlesex County, MA
18 income tax records
$172,500/yr
$130K – $218K
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Abbvie Bioresearch Center, Middlesex County, MA
10 income tax records
$167,500/yr
$145K – $204K
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Middlesex County, MA
17 income tax records
$158,000/yr
$113K – $192K
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union, Middlesex County, NJ
11 income tax records
$147,500/yr
$125K – $166K
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Boehringer Ingelheim, Fairfield County, CT
10 income tax records
$147,000/yr
$138K – $168K
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Amgen, Middlesex County, MA
21 income tax records
$144,500/yr
$122K – $162K
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Procter & Gamble, Warren County, OH
10 income tax records
$135,500/yr
$108K – $182K
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Biogen Ma, Middlesex County, MA
32 income tax records
$135,500/yr
$107K – $164K
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National Technology And Engineering Solutions Of Sandia, Bernalillo County, NM
37 income tax records
$127,500/yr
$109K – $141K
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Lawrence Livermore National Secu, Alameda County, CA
45 income tax records
$127,500/yr
$116K – $153K
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US Department Of Defense, Howard County, MD
20 income tax records
$127,000/yr
$103K – $135K
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Bayer AG, St. Louis County, MO
33 income tax records
$122,000/yr
$90K – $154K
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Utbattelle, Knox County, TN
25 income tax records
$120,000/yr
$105K – $139K
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Westchester County, NY
29 income tax records
$119,000/yr
$100K – $144K
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Nibri, Middlesex County, MA
78 income tax records
$118,500/yr
$101K – $140K
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California Institute Of Technology, Los Angeles County, CA
37 income tax records
$117,500/yr
$63K – $153K
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Abbvie, Lake County, IL
32 income tax records
$116,000/yr
$101K – $138K
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Illumina, San Diego County, CA
41 income tax records
$113,500/yr
$96K – $133K
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Triad National Security, Los Alamos County, NM
66 income tax records
$111,500/yr
$91K – $136K
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Medimmune, Montgomery County, MD
25 income tax records
$111,500/yr
$102K – $130K
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Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Middlesex County, MA
28 income tax records
$110,500/yr
$77K – $176K
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Glaxosmithkline, Montgomery County, PA
40 income tax records
$108,000/yr
$86K – $124K
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Pharmacia Upjohn, San Diego County, CA
24 income tax records
$101,500/yr
$82K – $135K
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Battelle Pacific Northwest Div, Benton County, WA
62 income tax records
$95,000/yr
$79K – $110K
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University For Atm, Boulder County, CO
22 income tax records
$90,500/yr
$82K – $99K
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St Jude Childrens Res Hosp, Shelby County, TN
31 income tax records
$88,500/yr
$57K – $104K
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Northwell Health, San Mateo County, CA
28 income tax records
$84,500/yr
$62K – $115K
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State Of California, Sacramento County, CA
30 income tax records
$82,500/yr
$68K – $91K
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Life Technologies, San Diego County, CA
20 income tax records
$78,500/yr
$60K – $88K
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The Broad Institute, Middlesex County, MA
21 income tax records
$73,000/yr
$62K – $117K
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University Of California, Boulder County, CO
28 income tax records
$63,000/yr
$49K – $90K
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Columbia University, New York County, NY
28 income tax records
$61,500/yr
$52K – $69K
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Harvard University, Middlesex County, MA
27 income tax records
$60,000/yr
$51K – $79K
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University Of California Sf, San Francisco County, CA
24 income tax records
$58,500/yr
$48K – $77K
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University Of Washington, King County, WA
48 income tax records
$58,000/yr
$48K – $81K
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University Of California San Diego, San Diego County, CA
50 income tax records
$57,500/yr
$50K – $80K
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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore County, MD
31 income tax records
$57,500/yr
$50K – $77K
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University Of Michigan, Washtenaw County, MI
26 income tax records
$56,000/yr
$49K – $83K
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UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas County, TX
20 income tax records
$52,500/yr
$45K – $90K
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University Of Wisconsin System, Dane County, WI
40 income tax records
$52,000/yr
$47K – $66K
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Yale University, New Haven County, CT
35 income tax records
$51,000/yr
$47K – $67K
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Washington University In St. Louis, St. Louis County, MO
22 income tax records
$50,500/yr
$48K – $57K
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University Of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
23 income tax records
$50,500/yr
$48K – $75K
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University Of Florida, Alachua County, FL
30 income tax records
$50,500/yr
$43K – $66K
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PPD, Dane County, WI
70 income tax records
$49,500/yr
$41K – $58K

Scientist demographics in the United States

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43% are single
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57% are married
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43% have kids
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54% own a home

Scientist salaries by age

$0
$28,500
$57,000
$85,500
$114,000
18-25
26-35
36-45
46-55
56+
Years of age

Effective Tax Rates for Scientists in the United States

16,527 full-time salaries from 2019
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