Researcher hourly rates in CA
We found that the hourly rates for a contract Qualitative User Researcher in Menlo Park, CA range between $19.74 and $110.10, for an average hourly salary of $64.90. While we were unable to find hourly rates regarding experience level, we were able to find salary figures and further broke down these figures to reflect an hourly rate.
Average Hourly Rates
Menlo Park data was not available through this particular source, however data for nearby San Francisco was. As such we used the data to illustrate the brake-down of salaries for the position of contract Qualitative User Researcher in the area.
Approximate hourly wages (calculated from yearly salaries) range from $30.84 to $70.72, assuming that the employee works 40 hours a week throughout the year (there are 52 weeks within an year).
These ranges include any bonuses and profit sharing included within the salaries.
According to a different source, that only listed a yearly salary for the position, the hourly lower range was $40.87 to $69.71, for an average of $55.29 an hour. It's safe to assume that with more experience and better education, the hourly wage would increase.
According to our last source, the average hourly rate for a Qualitative User Researcher in Menlo Park is $36.49. The lowest salary reported here was $19.74 per hour, with the highest being about $110 per hour.
Even though data on the break-down of salary relating to education was unavailable, we used all the gathered information to determine the hourly range of entry-level and experienced employees. As such, we determined that entry level qualitative researchers earned between $19.74 per hour and $65 per hour. On the other hand, experienced researchers earn between $38.4 and $70.72 per hour.
We were also able to find data according to a few major User Researcher employers, below are the findings:
This data puts the low range at $53.50 and the high range at $67.75, giving us an average hourly rate of $60.63.
In conclusion, with the varying data that we have found, hourly rates tend to start around the $40 mark, capping around the $70-$80. While many sources were only able to offer yearly salaries, we were able to break them down into an hourly salary. Even though nothing was mentioned about the correlation between the salary and the employee's education level, it was observed that the salary did increase considerably as the employee became more experienced. In fact an entry-level employee earns between $19.74 and $65 an hour, while an experienced researcher earns between $38.40 and $70.72 an hour.