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R&D staff averaged $28,620 in US last year

The median salary for engineers and scientists engaged in research and development in the United States last year was $2,385 a month, or $28,620 a year , a study by Battelle Columbus Laboratories shows.

The study, conducted for the US Department of Energy, reports that the monthly median salary for researchers with a bachelors' degrees was $2,201; masters' degrees, $2,462; and doctorates, $2,688. The figures are based on salaries of degreed nonsupervisory and supervisory researchers at 322 establishments.

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Battelle, which has conducted the annual survey since 1968, sampled 91,315 scientists and engineers in 1979. They work in industry nonprofit research institutes, federally funded contract research-and-development centers, educational institutions; and the federal government.

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