Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary
Pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Postdoctoral Research Associates are male. Work is enjoyable for Postdoctoral Research Associates, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while approximately one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$36,540 - $64,558|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $7,910|
|Total Pay (||$36,694 - $65,546|
|Hourly Rate||$14.90 - $42.28|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $7,910|
|Total Pay (||$36,694 - $65,546|
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.
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
Postdoctoral Research Associates who advance into the role of a Principal Scientist are fairly uncommon. Principal Scientists on average earn $123K per year. Postdoctoral Research Associates most often move into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors; those groups report median salaries that are $27K higher and $12K higher, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Known for taking on a considerable number of Postdoctoral Research Associates, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Ohio State University (OSU), and University of Texas (UT) - Austin are leading firms in the industry. Employees at Stanford University enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $54K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $49K and higher ones not far away at only $63K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Washington (UW), and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Postdoctoral Research Associates typically earn around $50K, $49K, or $48K, respectively.
Salaries are easily beat at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, where median pay comes to just $39K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $36K and ending at $56K, range in salary is rather small. Workers at Ohio State University (OSU), University of Arizona, and University of Pennsylvania also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $41K, $43K, and $43K respectively.
Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associates report using a large range of 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 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know 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
Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Postdoctoral Research Associates, 10 percent higher than the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+9 percent), Berkeley (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (5 percent lower) and Austin (4 percent lower).
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