Research and Development Salary Survey

The Research and Development Salary Survey reports compensation data for 147 benchmark jobs related to conducting original investigation to gain new knowledge and/or applying findings for the creation of new or improved products or processes. The survey includes research areas such as biological; life sciences; chemistry and chemical engineering; computer science; engineering and technology; marine and oceanography sciences; mathematics; and physical and earth sciences.

The Research and Development Salary Survey documents market-based pay data for 10 executive and 137 non-management salary benchmark jobs from up to three databases: digitized public sources, ERI Assessor Series data, and direct participants. The following information is reported for each job title (salary data are shown in means, medians, and percentile cuts):

  • Annual Salary
  • Incentive/Variable Pay
  • Total Direct Annual Compensation
  • Job Description
  • Graph with a Trend Line and Data Points
  • Selected Characteristics of the Occupation (SCO)

Survey information is solicited through traditional mail, email, and online questionnaires. Each data submission is thoroughly screened by our team of experienced researchers prior to inclusion in a survey. No attempt is made to alter incumbent data as reported other than to normalize collected compensation amounts to a common date. Data collection begins October and ends March. Survey results are published annually in July, with an effective data date of March 31 of the given survey year.

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agronomist
  • Air Analyst
  • Animal Care Supervisor
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Animal Scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Janitor
  • Janitorial Supervisor
  • Laboratory Aide
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Market Research Manager
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agronomist
  • Air Analyst
  • Animal Care Supervisor
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Animal Scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Astronomer
  • Benefits Clerk
  • Benefits Manager
  • Biochemist
  • Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst
  • Biology Aide
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Biophysicist
  • Biostatistician
  • Bookkeeper
  • Botanist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Cephalometric Analyst
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Test Engineer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief Marketing & Sales Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Research & Development Executive
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • CT Technologist (Lead)
  • Cytogenetic Technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Data Librarian
  • Data Recovery Planner
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Report Writer
  • Environmental Research Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Executive Secretary
  • Executive Vice President
  • Financial Analyst
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Fundraiser
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Geologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Histopathologist
  • Histotechnologist
  • Hot Cell Technician
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Hyperbaric Technician
  • Immunohematologist
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Janitor
  • Janitorial Supervisor
  • Laboratory Aide
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Market Research Manager
  • Materials Scientist
  • Mathematical Statistician
  • Mathematician
  • Medical Physicist
  • Medical Social Researcher
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Transcriber
  • Medical Writer
  • Microbiologist
  • Microbiology Technologist
  • Nuclear Health Physicist
  • Nuclear Medical Technician
  • Nurse Licensed Practical
  • Office Manager
  • Parasitologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Pharmacologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physicist PhD
  • Physiologist
  • Program Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Research & Development Director
  • Research & Development Manager (Technical)
  • Research & Development Supervisor (Technical)
  • Research Analyst Operations
  • Research Associate
  • Research Chemist
  • Research Engineer
  • Research Manager
  • Research Mechanic
  • Research Psychologist
  • Research Technician
  • Science Technologist
  • Scientific & Engineering Programmer
  • Scientific Linguist
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Secretary
  • Seismologist
  • Sociologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Soils Engineer
  • Statistical Typist
  • Statistician
  • Sterilizer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Publications Manager
  • Technical Publications Supervisor
  • Technical Writer
  • Test Data Acquisition Technician
  • Test Engineer
  • Top Administrative Officer
  • Top Research Officer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Web Administrator
  • Zoologist
  • AACC INTERNATIONAL INC
  • ACCESS SERVICES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
  • ADA CARBON SOLUTIONS LLC
  • ALBANY MOLECULAR RESEARCH INC
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ALPHA-1 FOUNDATION
  • ALTARUM INSTITUTE
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VARIABLE STAR OBSERVERS
  • AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION
  • APPLIED INFORMATION RESOURCES
  • IOWA GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION COUNCIL
  • IOWA TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION CONNECTION
  • ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ITXM - THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFUSION MEDICINE
  • JCPDS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIFFRACTION DATA
  • JOSEPH J LAURENCELLE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
  • KANREN INC
  • KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA ON MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
  • KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION INC
  • KINSEY INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN SEX GENDER AND REPRODUCTION INC
  • AACC INTERNATIONAL INC
  • ACCESS SERVICES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
  • ADA CARBON SOLUTIONS LLC
  • ALBANY MOLECULAR RESEARCH INC
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ALPHA-1 FOUNDATION
  • ALTARUM INSTITUTE
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VARIABLE STAR OBSERVERS
  • AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION
  • APPLIED INFORMATION RESOURCES
  • ASSOC OF COMPUTER SCIENCE LEAGUES INC
  • ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • AVIATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION INC
  • BARRENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS INC
  • BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES
  • BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC
  • BITTERROOT BASIC RESEARCH INC
  • CACHE CORPORATION
  • CALIFORNIA MATHEMATICS COUNCIL
  • CENTER FOR ADV OF SCIENCE IN SPACE
  • CENTER FOR WHALE RESEARCH
  • CETOS RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
  • CHARLES RIVER LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL INC
  • CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY INC
  • CHELONIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE CORPORATION
  • CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY SERVICES OF NORTH IOWA INC
  • CHEMICAL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
  • CHICORA FOUNDATION INC
  • CLEVELAND BIOLABS INC
  • CODEXIS INC
  • COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY
  • COLORADO MATHEMATICS ENGINEERING SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT INC
  • COMMONWEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • COMMUNITY RECOURCES FOR JUSTICE
  • CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
  • CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION CENTER INC
  • CONTEC INC.
  • COVANCE INC
  • CTC FOUNDATION
  • DELAWARE TECHNOLOGY PARK INC
  • DELTAQUEST FOUNDATION INC
  • DISCOVERY SPACE OF CENTRALPENNSYLVANIA INC
  • DUDLEY OBSERVATORY
  • DYAX CORP
  • EARTH & SPACE RESEARCH
  • EASTON SPORTS INC.
  • ELEMENTARY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL MUTAGENESIS AND GENOMICS SOCIETY EMGS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE COUNCIL
  • EXACT SCIENCES CORP
  • EXELIXIS INC
  • FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC
  • FLORIDA INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN AND MACHINE COGNITION
  • FORRESTER RESEARCH INC
  • FOUNDATION FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS INC
  • FRASER RESEARCH INC A NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATION
  • FREDERICK INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER INC
  • GATHERING GENIUS INC
  • GEOGRAPHY EDUCATORS NETWORK OF INDIANA INC
  • GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA FOUNDATION
  • GEORGIA RESEARCH ALLIANCE INC
  • GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH CORPORATION
  • GEORGIA YOUTH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTER INC
  • GEOSCIENCEWORLD
  • GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES COUNCIL
  • GEVO INC
  • GIRVAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • GREATER WEATHERLY AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION INC
  • GSE ENVIRONMENTAL
  • HARBOR BRANCH OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION FOUNDATION INC
  • HEMACARE CORPORATION
  • HONEYNET PROJECT
  • HOPE FOR THE HEART
  • HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FOUNDATION INCORPORATED
  • HYACINTH FOUNDATION A NEW JERSEY NONPROFIT CORPORATION
  • ILLINOIS COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS INC
  • IMMUNOMEDICS INC
  • INC RESEARCH HOLDINGS INC
  • INCYTE CORP
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOUNDATION
  • INSTITUTE FOR SAFETY IN POWERLINE CONSTRUCTION INC
  • INSTITUTE OF NAVIGATION
  • INSTITUTE OF TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY
  • INTEGRATED JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE INC
  • INTER DISTRICT COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT OCEANOLOGY
  • INTERNATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS AND PACKAGING SOCIETY
  • INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF LIMNOLOGY SOCIETAS INTERNATIONALIS LIMNOLOGI
  • INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERS
  • INTREXON CORP
  • INVIVO THERAPEUTICS CORPORATION
  • IOWA COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
  • IOWA GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION COUNCIL
  • IOWA TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION CONNECTION
  • ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ITXM - THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFUSION MEDICINE
  • JCPDS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIFFRACTION DATA
  • JOSEPH J LAURENCELLE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
  • KANREN INC
  • KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA ON MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
  • KIDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION INC
  • KINSEY INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN SEX GENDER AND REPRODUCTION INC
  • LAKE MICHIGAN AIR DIRECTOR CORSORTIUM
  • LASER INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
  • LEONARD WOOD INSTITUTE INC
  • LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT CENTER INC
  • LOYOLA PRESS
  • LUNA INNOVATIONS INC
  • MAINE SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
  • MARINE APPLIED RESEARCH AND EXPLORATION
  • MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
  • MARS SOCIETY INC
  • MARYLAND COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
  • MASONIC MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB
  • MDM OBSERVATORY CONSORTIUM INC
  • MEMPHIS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
  • MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
  • MID-AMERICA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
  • MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY
  • MSSC, INC - DIVISION OF MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO.
  • MT SPOKANE 2000
  • NATIONAL CAREGIVING FOUNDATION
  • NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE ASSOCIATION INC
  • NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY
  • NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION INC
  • NATIONAL TECHNICAL SYSTEMS
  • NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER INC
  • NATURAL SCIENCE ACADEMY
  • NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
  • NC IDEA
  • NDSU RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY PARK INC
  • NEOGENOMICS INC
  • NEOGRAFT TECHNOLOGIES, INC
  • NEON, INC
  • NEW YORK HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION INC
  • NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION FOR
  • NORTH AMERICAN MYCOLOGICAL ASSN
  • NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH INC
  • NORWICH STUDIES & ANALYSIS INSTITUTE
  • OCEAN CHALLENGE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INC
  • ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION INC
  • OKLAHOMA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
  • OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  • OMNICARE INC
  • OREGON COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS
  • ORGANIC VALLEY
  • OSLC COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
  • PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL CORP
  • PATUXENT PARTNERSHIP INC
  • PENNSYLVANIA NANOMATERIALSCOMMERCIALIZATION CENTER
  • PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE
  • POLYMERS FOUNDATION INC
  • POULSBO MARINE SCIENCE FOUNDATION
  • POWERMARK CORPORATION
  • PRA HEALTH SCIENCES INC
  • PRELUDE BEHAVORIAL SERVICES
  • QUINTILES TRANSNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC
  • RADIATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT INC
  • REGIONAL UNION CONSTRUCTION CENTERINC
  • RENTRAK CORP
  • ROLLING READERS SPACE COAST INC
  • SAFE SPACE INC
  • SCI MATH MN
  • SEA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION INC
  • SEA FRIENDS INCORPORATED
  • SOCIETY OF SATELLITE PROFESSIONALS
  • SOFTWARE FREEDOM CONSERVANCY INC
  • SOUTHERN SEED CERTIFICATION ASSOCIATION INC
  • STEM FORWARD INC
  • TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION
  • THE COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
  • THE SCIENCE EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY INC
  • THE SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • TLT GROUP INC
  • UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • UNIVERSITY LICENSE EQUITY HOLDINGS INC
  • UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES
  • UROLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  • US FOUNDATION FOR THE INSPIRATION & RECOGNITION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • VIRGINIA TURFGRASS FOUNDATION
  • WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
  • WILLIAMSBURG CHORAL GUILD
  • WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PROGRAMS AND
  • WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY INC

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