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Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

An average Postdoctoral Research Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. There are more male Postdoctoral Research Associates than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent.

$36,173 - $61,114
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MEDIAN: $43,595
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$18.28 - $32.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,173 - $61,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
Total Pay (?
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$36,259 - $61,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,919
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$18.28 - $32.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.35  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
   
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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$36,259 - $61,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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 who go on to become Principal Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Principal Scientists is $121K annually. 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 $29K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Many Postdoctoral Research Associates can be found at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Washington (UW), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), firms that are at the top of the field. National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers the largest salaries in town ($49K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $42K to $78K. Other big spenders include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), top-paying firms where Postdoctoral Research Associates see paychecks nearing $48K, $48K, or $47K.

Ohio State University (OSU) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $41K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $44K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers at University of Arizona, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $43K, and $45K respectively.

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Technical Writing, Physics, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Postdoctoral Research Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Postdoctoral Research Associates who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Postdoctoral Research Associates, Washington provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 16%

Physics
up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 12%

Material Science
up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 4%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Biophysics
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 3%

Neuroscience
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

biochemistry
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 346 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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