Associate Research Scientist Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Associate Research Scientist is $62,368 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Associate Research Scientist Salary (?
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$43,811 - $90,466
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MEDIAN: $62,368
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Associate Research Scientist Salary (?
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$15.45 - $34.75
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,811 - $90,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,060  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $8,243  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,952 - $91,542  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $34.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $8,243  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,952 - $91,542  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Associate Research Scientist

An associate research scientist helps design and implement research projects, which includes analyzing information for those projects. They may perform different laboratory tests and analyze project information; the research may include medical testing with laboratory equipment. These scientists help store project data and must be good at organizing the data and information that is part of the research. They also need to be able to communicate about results and data with other supervisors and colleagues on the project, as well as with funders and project leaders.
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Pay Difference By Location

South San Francisco
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San Francisco
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San Diego
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Seattle
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Gaithersburg
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Boston
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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Cambridge
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National Average
$62,000
Los Angeles
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Washington
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Rockville
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New York
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Madison
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Associate Research Scientist Reviews

What is it like working as an Associate Research Scientist?
Associate Research Scientist in College Station:
"I'd Rather Have A 'Post-Doc' Title."
Pros: Academic environment is nice and informal. Opportunities to interact with many smart and interesting people.
Cons: It's a dead-end, failed-to-become-a-PI job and most everyone knows that. In addition to (or instead of) doing science, many aspects of running a lab, such as mentoring students, approving purchases, organizing stocks, etc. Fall under this hat. These are not terrible duties, but given the low pay and lack of respect that goes with this job title, it gets old with time. Post-docs, although lower ranking, are viewed as bright individuals with potential and are worthy of career-advancing opportunities (like attending meetings and courses.) I've been tempted to call myself as a post-doc.

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Experience Affects Associate Research Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%
National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Associate Research Scientist Salaries

cell culture
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Data Analysis
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Chromatography
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National Average
$62,000
Analytical Chemistry
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Biotechnology
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Product Development
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Research Analysis
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Chemistry
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Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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