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Research and Development Salary Survey

The Research and Development Salary Survey reports compensation data for 184 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 14 executive and 170 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
  • 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
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Animal Care Supervisor
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Animal Scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Help Desk Representative
  • HIPAA Compliance Coordinator
  • Histopathologist
  • Histotechnologist
  • Hot Cell Technician
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Hyperbaric Technician
  • Immunohematologist
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agronomist
  • Air Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • 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
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst
  • Biology Aide
  • Biomedical Engineering Supervisor
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Biophysicist
  • BioProcess Scientist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnology Engineer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Botanist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Case Manager
  • 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
  • Clean Room Technician
  • 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
  • Computer Services Manager
  • CT Technologist (Lead)
  • Cytogenetic Technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Data Librarian
  • Data Modeler
  • Data Recovery Planner
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Report Writer
  • Disease Management Consulting Manager
  • Document Retention Specialist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Environmental Research Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Executive Secretary
  • Executive Vice President
  • Financial Analyst
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Fundraiser
  • General Maintenance Supervisor
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Geologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Health Data Analyst (Mentor)
  • Health Data Analyst Associate
  • Help Desk Representative
  • HIPAA Compliance Coordinator
  • Histopathologist
  • Histotechnologist
  • Hot Cell Technician
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Hyperbaric Technician
  • Immunohematologist
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Intellectual Property Director
  • Janitor
  • 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
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Parasitologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Pharmacologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physicist PhD
  • Physiologist
  • Product Development Chemist
  • Product Development Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Programmer Engineer
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Quality Coordinator Hospital
  • Receptionist
  • Research & Development Director
  • Research & Development Supervisor (Technical)
  • Research Associate
  • Research Chemist
  • Research Engineer
  • Research Manager
  • Research Mechanic
  • Research Psychologist
  • Research Technician
  • Science Technologist
  • Scientific Affairs Manager
  • Scientific Director
  • Scientific Linguist
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Secretary
  • Seismologist
  • Sociologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Soils Engineer
  • Statistical Typist
  • Statistician
  • Sterilizer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Publications Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Writers Supervisor
  • Test Data Acquisition Technician
  • Test Engineer
  • Top Administrative Officer
  • Top Research Officer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Web Administrator
  • Zoologist
  • 22ND CENTURY GROUP INC
  • ABAXIS INC
  • ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • ACCELERON PHARMA INC
  • ACHAOGEN INC
  • ACME UNITED CORP
  • ACORDA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • ADM TRONICS UNLIMITED INC
  • ADMA BIOLOGICS INC
  • INVUITY INC
  • IOFINA PLC
  • IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • IRHYTHM TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • ISORAY INC
  • ITRON INC
  • JAGUAR HEALTH INC
  • JOUNCE THERAPEUTICS INC
  • JUNO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • KALVISTA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • 22ND CENTURY GROUP INC
  • ABAXIS INC
  • ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ACCELERATE DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • ACCELERON PHARMA INC
  • ACHAOGEN INC
  • ACME UNITED CORP
  • ACORDA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • ADM TRONICS UNLIMITED INC
  • ADMA BIOLOGICS INC
  • ADURO BIOTECH INC
  • ADVANSOURCE BIOMATERIALS CORP
  • ADVAXIS INC
  • AEGLEA BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC
  • AEMETIS INC
  • AGENUS INC
  • AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • AGIOS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • AKCEA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • AKERS BIOSCIENCES INC
  • ALBEMARLE CORP
  • ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ALTIMMUNE INC
  • AMAG PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • AMERICAN BIO MEDICA CORP
  • AMGEN INC
  • AMICUS THERAPEUTICS INC
  • AMYRIS INC
  • ANALOGIC CORP
  • ANAPTYSBIO INC
  • ANGIODYNAMICS INC
  • ANI PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ANIKA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • ANTARES PHARMA INC
  • APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORP
  • APTEVO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • APTINYX INC
  • AQUESTIVE THERAPEUTICS INC
  • ARATANA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • ARAVIVE INC
  • ARDELYX INC
  • ARENA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ARRAY BIOPHARMA INC
  • ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ARVINAS INC
  • ASTERIAS BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC
  • ATHENEX INC
  • ATHERSYS INC
  • ATRICURE INC
  • ATRION CORP
  • AVANOS MEDICAL INC
  • AVEO PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • AVID BIOSERVICES INC
  • AVON PRODUCTS INC
  • AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS LTD
  • AYTU BIOSCIENCE INC
  • BADGER METER INC
  • BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC
  • BECTON, DICKINSON AND CO
  • BIOANALYTICAL SYSTEMS INC
  • BIOBRIDGE GLOBAL
  • BIOCEPT INC
  • BIOCRYST PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • BIODELIVERY SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL INC
  • BIOGEN INC
  • BIOLASE INC
  • BIOLIFE SOLUTIONS INC
  • BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC
  • BIONANO GENOMICS INC
  • BIOQUAL INC
  • BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC
  • BIOSPECIFICS TECHNOLOGIES CORP
  • BIO-TECHNE CORP
  • BIOTELEMETRY INC
  • BIOTIME INC
  • BLUEBIRD BIO INC
  • BLUEPRINT MEDICINES CORP
  • BOVIE MEDICAL CORP
  • BRUKER CORP
  • CABOT CORP
  • CALITHERA BIOSCIENCES INC
  • CAMBREX CORP
  • CANCER GENETICS INC
  • CANTEL MEDICAL CORP
  • CAPRICOR THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CAREDX INC
  • CAS MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC
  • CCA INDUSTRIES INC
  • CELGENE CORP
  • CELLDEX THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CERECOR INC
  • CERUS CORP
  • CHAMPIONS ONCOLOGY INC
  • CHARLES RIVER LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL INC
  • CHEMBIO DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • CHEMOCENTRYX INC
  • CHIMERIX INC
  • CHROMADEX CORP
  • CHURCH & DWIGHT CO INC
  • CLOROX CO
  • CLOVIS ONCOLOGY INC
  • CODEXIS INC
  • COGNEX CORP
  • COHERENT INC
  • COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY
  • COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO
  • CONATUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • CONCERT PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • CONFORMIS INC
  • CORCEPT THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CORIUM INTERNATIONAL INC
  • CRINETICS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • CTI BIOPHARMA CORP
  • CURIS INC
  • CYANOTECH CORP
  • CYBEROPTICS CORP
  • CYMABAY THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CYTOKINETICS INC
  • CYTOMX THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CYTORI THERAPEUTICS INC
  • CYTOSORBENTS CORP
  • DARIOHEALTH CORP
  • DELCATH SYSTEMS INC
  • DENTSPLY SIRONA INC
  • DERMIRA INC
  • DEXCOM INC
  • DEXTERA SURGICAL INC
  • DICERNA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • DIGIPATH INC
  • DYNASIL CORP OF AMERICA
  • E.L.F. BEAUTY INC
  • ECOLAB INC
  • EDGEWELL PERSONAL CARE CO
  • EDITAS MEDICINE INC
  • EGALET CORP
  • ELECTRO-SENSORS INC
  • EMARINE GLOBAL INC
  • EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS INC
  • ENANTA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ENCISION INC
  • ENDOLOGIX INC
  • ENZO BIOCHEM INC
  • ENZON PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • EPIZYME INC
  • ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • EXACT SCIENCES CORP
  • EXELIXIS INC
  • EXICURE INC
  • FARO TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • FATE THERAPEUTICS INC
  • FERRO CORP
  • FIBROGEN INC
  • FITBIT INC
  • FIVE PRIME THERAPEUTICS INC
  • FLIR SYSTEMS INC
  • FLUIDIGM CORP
  • FORRESTER RESEARCH INC
  • FORTIVE CORP
  • FORTRESS BIOTECH INC
  • FOUNDATION MEDICINE INC
  • FULGENT GENETICS INC
  • GB SCIENCES INC
  • GCP APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • GENOMIC HEALTH INC
  • GEVO INC
  • GIGA-TRONICS INC
  • GILEAD SCIENCES INC
  • GLAUKOS CORP
  • GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
  • GREEN PLAINS INC
  • GUARDANT HEALTH INC
  • H.B. FULLER CO
  • HAEMONETICS CORP
  • HALOZYME THERAPEUTICS INC
  • HARVARD BIOSCIENCE INC
  • HAWKINS INC
  • HEALTH-RIGHT DISCOVERIES INC
  • HESKA CORP
  • HOLOGIC INC
  • HTG MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • HURCO COMPANIES INC
  • ICU MEDICAL INC
  • IDEXX LABORATORIES INC
  • II-VI INC
  • IKONICS CORP
  • ILLUMINA INC
  • IMMUCELL CORP
  • IMMUNE DESIGN CORP
  • IMMUNOGEN INC
  • IMMUNOMEDICS INC
  • INCYTE CORP
  • INFINITY PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • INGEVITY CORP
  • INNOSPEC INC
  • INNOVIVA INC
  • INOVIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • INSULET CORP
  • INSYS THERAPEUTICS INC
  • INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • INTER PARFUMS INC
  • INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES INC
  • INTERNATIONAL ISOTOPES INC
  • INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL CORP
  • INTREXON CORP
  • INVITAE CORP
  • INVUITY INC
  • IOFINA PLC
  • IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • IRHYTHM TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • ISORAY INC
  • ITRON INC
  • JAGUAR HEALTH INC
  • JOUNCE THERAPEUTICS INC
  • JUNO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • KALVISTA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • KERYX BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP
  • KMG CHEMICALS INC
  • KNOW LABS INC
  • KRATON CORP
  • KRONOS WORLDWIDE INC
  • LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC
  • LEMAITRE VASCULAR INC
  • LEXICON PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • LIFEVANTAGE CORP
  • LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • LINDE PLC
  • LIQUIDIA TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • LOXO ONCOLOGY INC
  • LRAD CORP
  • LUMINEX CORP
  • LUNA INNOVATIONS INC
  • MACROGENICS INC
  • MANNATECH INC
  • MANNKIND CORP
  • MARIMED INC
  • MAXCYTE INC
  • MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY INC
  • MEDICAL IMAGING CORP
  • MEDIFOCUS INC
  • MEDITE CANCER DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • MELINTA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • MENLO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE INC
  • MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC
  • MERSANA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • MESA LABORATORIES INC
  • METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC
  • MIDWEST ENERGY EMISSIONS CORP
  • MILESTONE SCIENTIFIC INC
  • MIRAGEN THERAPEUTICS INC
  • MITCHAM INDUSTRIES INC
  • MKS INSTRUMENTS INC
  • MODERNA INC
  • MOLECULAR TEMPLATES INC
  • MTS SYSTEMS CORP
  • MYRIAD GENETICS INC
  • NANOPHASE TECHNOLOGIES CORP
  • NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • NATERA INC
  • NATIONAL RESEARCH CORP
  • NATURAL ALTERNATIVES INTERNATIONAL INC
  • NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP
  • NATURES SUNSHINE PRODUCTS INC
  • NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS INC
  • NEOGEN CORP
  • NEOGENOMICS INC
  • NEPHROS INC
  • NEUROMETRIX INC
  • NEURONETICS INC
  • NEWELL BRANDS INC
  • NEWLINK GENETICS CORP
  • NEWMARKET CORP
  • NORTHERN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORP
  • NOVABAY PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • NOVAN INC
  • NOVANTA INC
  • NOVAVAX INC
  • NU SKIN ENTERPRISES INC
  • NXSTAGE MEDICAL INC
  • OCEAN BIO-CHEM INC
  • OIL-DRI CORP OF AMERICA
  • OLIN CORP
  • OMEROS CORP
  • OMNOVA SOLUTIONS INC
  • ONCOMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • OPGEN INC
  • OPHTHOTECH CORP
  • OPIANT PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • ORASURE TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • ORCHIDS PAPER PRODUCTS CO
  • ORGENESIS INC
  • OSIRIS THERAPEUTICS INC
  • OSMOTICA PHARMACEUTICALS PLC
  • OUTLOOK THERAPEUTICS INC
  • PACIFIC BIOSCIENCES OF CALIFORNIA INC
  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • PALATIN TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • PARALLAX HEALTH SCIENCES INC
  • PARATEK PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • PDL BIOPHARMA INC
  • PERCEPTRON INC
  • PERKINELMER INC
  • PFENEX INC
  • PIERIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORP
  • POLYONE CORP
  • PORTOLA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • POSITIVEID CORP
  • PPG INDUSTRIES INC
  • PRA HEALTH SCIENCES INC
  • PRECISION OPTICS CORP INC
  • PRINCIPIA BIOPHARMA INC
  • PROCTER & GAMBLE CO
  • PRO-DEX INC
  • PROGENICS PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS INC
  • PROTEOSTASIS THERAPEUTICS INC
  • PSYCHEMEDICS CORP
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT RESOURCES INC
  • PTC THERAPEUTICS INC
  • PUMA BIOTECHNOLOGY INC
  • PURETECH HEALTH PLC
  • QUAKER CHEMICAL CORP
  • QUANTERIX CORP
  • QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INC
  • QUIDEL CORP
  • QUOTIENT TECHNOLOGY INC
  • RADNET INC
  • REATA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • RECRO PHARMA INC
  • REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • REGENXBIO INC
  • REPLIGEN CORP
  • REPRO-MED SYSTEMS INC
  • RESMED INC
  • RETRACTABLE TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • REVLON INC
  • RPM INTERNATIONAL INC
  • RUDOLPH TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • SANGAMO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC
  • SCHMITT INDUSTRIES INC
  • SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIES INC
  • SEATTLE GENETICS INC
  • SENOMYX INC
  • SENSIENT TECHNOLOGIES CORP
  • SERES THERAPEUTICS INC
  • SHARPSPRING INC
  • SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO
  • SIENTRA INC
  • SIGA TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • SOLIGENIX INC
  • SONO-TEK CORP
  • SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS INC
  • SPARK THERAPEUTICS INC
  • SPECTRUM PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • STAAR SURGICAL CO
  • STEPAN CO
  • STEREOTAXIS INC
  • STRATA SKIN SCIENCES INC
  • STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA PLC
  • SUMMER INFANT INC
  • SURFACE ONCOLOGY INC
  • SURMODICS INC
  • SUTRO BIOPHARMA INC
  • SYNEOS HEALTH INC
  • SYNLOGIC INC
  • T2 BIOSYSTEMS INC
  • TEARLAB CORP
  • TELEDYNE TECHNOLOGIES INC
  • TELIGENT INC
  • TELKONET INC
  • TESARO INC
  • THE CHEMOURS CO
  • THE COOPER COMPANIES INC
  • THE ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES INC
  • THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC
  • TMF HEALTH QUALITY INSTITUTE
  • TOR MINERALS INTERNATIONAL INC
  • TRACK GROUP INC
  • TRACON PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • TRANSCAT INC
  • TRANSENTERIX INC
  • TRIMBLE INC
  • TWIST BIOSCIENCE CORP
  • ULTRAGENYX PHARMACEUTICAL INC
  • UNITED THERAPEUTICS CORP
  • UNITED-GUARDIAN INC
  • UNUM THERAPEUTICS INC
  • US NUCLEAR CORP
  • US STEM CELL INC
  • USANA HEALTH SCIENCES INC
  • UTAH MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC
  • VANDA PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • VAREX IMAGING CORP
  • VAXART INC
  • VERACYTE INC
  • VERICEL CORP
  • VERMILLION INC
  • VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC
  • VICAL INC
  • VISHAY PRECISION GROUP INC
  • VIVUS INC
  • W R GRACE & CO
  • WATER & AIR RESEARCH INC
  • WATERS CORP
  • WD-40 CO
  • WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORP
  • XENCOR INC
  • XENETIC BIOSCIENCES INC
  • XOMA CORP
  • ZIOPHARM ONCOLOGY INC

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