Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary
The average Postdoctoral Research Associate in the United States earns approximately $47K per year. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Postdoctoral Research Associates is high. A large number enjoy medical while about one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. More than half of Postdoctoral Research Associates (61 percent) survey respondents are men.
|Salary||$36,382 - $64,945|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $8,000|
|Total Pay (||$36,525 - $66,053|
|Hourly Rate||$12.37 - $36.84|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $8,000|
|Total Pay (||$36,525 - $66,053|
Job Description for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Postdoctoral research associates generally assist tenured professors and/or senior researchers and work in a university environment or laboratory, though they also work independently. They often assist principal investigators in performing experimental investigations; on behalf of principal investigators, they may provide guidance to laboratory technicians and/or support staff. They may need to utilize recording devices or use statistical procedures for research relevant to their assigned field, and are also required to review quality control of various laboratory techniques.Read More...
Postdoctoral research associates must know how to use various automated tools and computerized technology to conduct research. They must also be able to troubleshoot system/equipment issues and call relevant repairmen if necessary. They must always ensure that their work area and all instruments and supply materials are clean and sterile, and they are also responsible for writing reports on their research projects.
Those in this position must be proficient with Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Exel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as they may occasionally be required to conduct presentations; they should also be able to work well in team environments. Employers generally require that candidates have a master's degree or Ph.D.
These research associates may need to interact with clients, so effective oral and written communication skills are important in this position. They must be innovative and dedicated, and are often required to travel to attend conferences or workshops and read professional journals. Some may occasionally be required to work overtime in order to meet deadlines, and some may train and coach new and junior research associates. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Postdoctoral Research Associate Tasks
- Design, perform, and evaluate experiments and their results.
- Create presentations, diagrams, and graphs to convey results to funders, the public and other researchers.
- Write up results in lab notebooks as well as for publication.
- Maintain, inspect, and use laboratory and equipment.
Common Career Paths for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Though not the most common occurrence, Postdoctoral Research Associates sometimes become Principal Scientists, where the average income is $123K per year. Postdoctoral Research Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $11K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Postdoctoral Research Associates include Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Ohio State University (OSU), and University of Texas (UT) - Austin. Pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates is best at Stanford University, which offers a median salary of $54K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $49K to $63K. Also paying near the top of the field are National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $50K, University of Washington (UW) at $49K, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Postdoctoral Research Associates annually earn $48K.
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington offers the least pay with a median salary of $39K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $56K. Also approaching the lower end are Ohio State University (OSU) at $41K, University of Arizona at $43K, and University of Pennsylvania at $43K.
Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Machine Learning, Matlab, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.
Pay by Experience Level for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pay by Experience for a Postdoctoral Research Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Postdoctoral Research Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,482 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Postdoctoral Research Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 480 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 128 salaries. A Postdoctoral Research Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 18 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Postdoctoral Research Associates, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+8 percent), Berkeley (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (6 percent less) and Austin (5 percent less).
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