Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States take home approximately $44K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $37K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more male Postdoctoral Research Associates than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent.

$36,427 - $61,630

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$18.44 - $40.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,427 - $61,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
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$36,511 - $62,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,003
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
   
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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$36,511 - $62,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Tasks

  • Write up results in lab notebooks as well as for publication.
  • Maintain, inspect, and use laboratory and equipment.
  • Design, perform, and evaluate experiments and their results.
  • Create presentations, diagrams, and graphs to convey results to funders, the public and other researchers.

Common Career Paths for Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Postdoctoral Research Associates may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Principal Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $122K annually. Postdoctoral Research Associates most often move into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Washington (UW), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Postdoctoral Research Associates. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Boston University offers the most; Postdoctoral Research Associates earn $50K on average there. Postdoctoral Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at Stanford University ($49K), National Institutes of Health (NIH) ($47K), and University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ($47K).

Pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates is the lowest at Ohio State University (OSU), which has a median salary of $41K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $44K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Yale University at $42K, University of Pennsylvania at $42K, and University of Texas (UT) - Austin, where $43K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Physics, Statistical Analysis, Matlab, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include biochemistry, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Postdoctoral Research Associates in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $43K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $46K. Postdoctoral Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. As Postdoctoral Research Associates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+11 percent), Cambridge (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (6 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Physics
up arrow 15%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 15%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 3%

Material Science
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Biophysics
0%

National Average
$44,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 1%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Neuroscience
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
up arrow 6%

biochemistry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 9%
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