Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Postdoctoral Research Associate is $42,437 per year. A skill in Physics is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$35,258 - $60,420
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MEDIAN: $42,436
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$17.00 - $39.31
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,258 - $60,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,605  
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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$35,316 - $60,895  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $39.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,605  
   
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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$35,316 - $60,895  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,169
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Job Description for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral research associates work with universities and their staff to perform scientific research in their associated field. They will often be required to do outdoor field work, but much of their work will be inside of a lab setting where proper controls can be created. Beyond undergraduate and graduate studies, a postdoctoral research associate needs a Ph.D. in their respective field. Due in no small part to their advanced knowledge and research on a subject, postdoctoral research associates design and evaluate experiments and their findings. Their ability to perform experiments with proper methodology is critical to the development of scientific understanding.
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Cambridge
up arrow 13%
Boston
up arrow 6%
Seattle
up arrow 4%
Baltimore
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Durham
0%
National Average
$43,000
New Haven
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San Diego
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Houston
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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Physics
up arrow 11%
Matlab
up arrow 6%
Biophysics
up arrow 4%
Bioinformatics
up arrow 3%
Research Analysis
up arrow 2%
Grant Writing
up arrow 2%
Material Science
up arrow 1%
Stem Cell
0%
National Average
$43,000
Neuroscience
up arrow 1%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%
Clinical Research
up arrow 2%
Biotechnology
up arrow 3%
Immunology
up arrow 6%
biochemistry
up arrow 7%

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Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 10%
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