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.

$36,540 - $64,558
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MEDIAN: $46,036
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,540 - $64,558  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,910  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,694 - $65,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,801
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Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $42.28  
   
Overtime
$27.60  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$36,694 - $65,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | 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

  • 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


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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.

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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

National Average: $46,136

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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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Key Stats for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

▲7%

Late-Career
▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$46,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

▲11%

Machine Learning
▲8%

▲5%



▲1%


▼0%


National Average
$46,000

Data Analysis
▼2%



▼3%


Chemistry
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 15%
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