Research and Development Salary Survey

The Research and Development Salary Survey reports compensation data for 168 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 12 executive and 156 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
  • Applications Development Director
  • Histotechnologist
  • Hot Cell Technician
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Hyperbaric Technician
  • Immunohematologist
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Janitor
  • Janitorial Supervisor
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agronomist
  • Air Analyst
  • Animal Care Supervisor
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Animal Scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Applications Development Director
  • Applications Engineer
  • Applications Support Specialist
  • Applications Systems Analyst
  • Archaeologist
  • Astronomer
  • Benefits Clerk
  • Benefits Manager
  • Biochemist
  • Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst
  • Biology Aide
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Biophysicist
  • BioProcess Scientist
  • Biostatistician
  • Bookkeeper
  • Botanist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Cephalometric Analyst
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Test Engineer
  • Chief Compensation & Benefits Executive
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief Marketing & Sales Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Research & Development Executive
  • Chief Science Officer
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Clinical Data Specialist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Clinical Systems Specialist
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • CT Technologist (Lead)
  • Cytogenetic Technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Data Librarian
  • Data Modeler
  • Data Recovery Planner
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Report Writer
  • Disease Management Consulting Manager
  • Document Retention Specialist
  • 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
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Data Analyst (Mentor)
  • Health Data Analyst Associate
  • HIPAA Compliance Coordinator
  • 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 Analyst
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant Culture Media
  • Laboratory Assistant Liaison Inspection
  • 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
  • 22ND CENTURY GROUP, INC.
  • AACC INTERNATIONAL INC
  • ALBANY MOLECULAR RESEARCH INC
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VARIABLE STAR OBSERVERS
  • AMERICAN FILTRATION AND SEPERATIONS SOCIETY INC
  • AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANDROLOGY
  • APPLIED INFORMATION RESOURCES
  • ASSOC OF COMPUTER SCIENCE LEAGUES INC
  • IOWA TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION CONNECTION
  • JCPDS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIFFRACTION DATA
  • 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
  • LOBSTER CONSERVANCY
  • LUNA INNOVATIONS INC
  • 22ND CENTURY GROUP, INC.
  • AACC INTERNATIONAL INC
  • ALBANY MOLECULAR RESEARCH INC
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VARIABLE STAR OBSERVERS
  • AMERICAN FILTRATION AND SEPERATIONS SOCIETY INC
  • AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANDROLOGY
  • APPLIED INFORMATION RESOURCES
  • ASSOC OF COMPUTER SCIENCE LEAGUES INC
  • ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • ATAXIA TELANGIECTASIA CHILDRENS PROJECT INC
  • ATM EDUCATION
  • BARRENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS INC
  • BAY AREA BIOTECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CONSORTIUM
  • BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES
  • BIOCEPT INC
  • BIOHEART INC
  • BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC
  • CACHE CORPORATION
  • CENTER FOR WHALE RESEARCH
  • CETOS RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
  • CHAIONE INC
  • CHARLES RIVER LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL INC
  • CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY INC
  • CHELONIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE CORPORATION
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DIVISION OF ASEE
  • CHF INC
  • CLEVELAND BIOLABS INC
  • CODEXIS INC
  • CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
  • CONNECTICUT PREENGINEERING PROGRAM INC
  • CONNECTICUT UNITED FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE INC
  • CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION CENTER INC
  • COORS TECK MEDICAL
  • DICERNA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • DISCOVERY SPACE OF CENTRALPENNSYLVANIA INC
  • DUDLEY OBSERVATORY
  • DYAX CORP
  • ELEMENTARY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
  • EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS INC
  • EXELIXIS INC
  • FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC
  • FLORIDA INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN AND MACHINE COGNITION
  • FORRESTER RESEARCH INC
  • GATHERING GENIUS INC
  • GEAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • GEOGRAPHY EDUCATORS NETWORK OF INDIANA INC
  • GEORGIA RESEARCH ALLIANCE INC
  • GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH CORPORATION
  • GEOSCIENCEWORLD
  • GEVO INC
  • GIRVAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • GREATER WEATHERLY AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION INC
  • GROUP CONSCIENCE
  • HONEYNET PROJECT
  • HUMANOLOGY & HEALTH SCIENCE INC
  • IMMUNOMEDICS INC
  • INC RESEARCH HOLDINGS INC
  • INCYTE CORP
  • INSTITUTE FOR BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH IN SURGERY
  • INSTITUTE FOR SAFETY IN POWERLINE CONSTRUCTION INC
  • INSTITUTE OF NAVIGATION
  • INTEGRATED JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE INC
  • INTER DISTRICT COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT OCEANOLOGY
  • INTERNATIONAL ARID LANDS INSTITUTE AND CONSORTIUM
  • INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF LIMNOLOGY SOCIETAS INTERNATIONALIS LIMNOLOGI
  • INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERS
  • INTREXON CORP
  • IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • IOWA TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION CONNECTION
  • JCPDS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIFFRACTION DATA
  • 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
  • LOBSTER CONSERVANCY
  • LUNA INNOVATIONS INC
  • MAINE SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
  • MARINE APPLIED RESEARCH AND EXPLORATION
  • MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
  • MARS SOCIETY INC
  • MATHEMATICS EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
  • MCNC
  • MDM OBSERVATORY CONSORTIUM INC
  • MEDYTOX SOLUTIONS INC
  • MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY
  • MT SPOKANE 2000
  • NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE ASSOCIATION INC
  • NATIONAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM
  • NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY
  • NATIONAL RESEARCH CORPORATION
  • NATURAL SCIENCE ACADEMY
  • NATURE INSTITUTE INC
  • NDSU RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY PARK INC
  • NEOGENOMICS INC
  • NEVADAS CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY
  • NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM
  • NEW YORK HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION INC
  • NORTH AMERICAN MYCOLOGICAL ASSN
  • NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF CONSTRUCTION
  • NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH INC
  • N-VIRO INTERNATIONAL CORP
  • ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION INC
  • OMNICARE INC
  • PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL CORP
  • PATUXENT PARTNERSHIP INC
  • PDL BIOPHARMA INC
  • PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE
  • POLYMER PROCESSING INSTITUTE AT NJIT
  • POWERMARK CORPORATION
  • PRA HEALTH SCIENCES INC
  • PRAIRIE RIDGE INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
  • PRELUDE BEHAVIORAL SERVICES
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT RESOURCES INC
  • QUINTILES TRANSNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC
  • RADIO TECHNICAL COMMISSION FOR MARITIME SERVICES
  • REGIONAL UNION CONSTRUCTION CENTERINC
  • RENTRAK CORP
  • ROLLING READERS SPACE COAST INC
  • SAFE SPACE INC
  • SCI MATH MN
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • SEA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION INC
  • SILICON VALLEY FORUM
  • SOCIETY OF SATELLITE PROFESSIONALS
  • SOFTWARE FREEDOM CONSERVANCY INC
  • SOUTHERN SEED CERTIFICATION ASSOCIATION INC
  • SPECTRUM BRANDS HOLDINGS INC
  • STEM FORWARD INC
  • TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION
  • THE PERRY INSTITUTE FOR MARINE SCIENCE INC
  • TLT GROUP INC
  • TRIO-TECH INTERNATIONAL
  • UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • UNIVERSITY LICENSE EQUITY HOLDINGS INC
  • WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY INC
  • XOMA CORP

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