The average pay for a Postdoctoral Research Associate is $41,643 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$34,485 - $60,522
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61K
MEDIAN: $41,642
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$16.34 - $31.04
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28
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,485 - $60,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,608  
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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$34,610 - $60,985  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$16.34 - $31.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,053  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,608  
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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$34,610 - $60,985  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,590
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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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$42,000
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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Matlab
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Bioinformatics
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Research Analysis
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Neuroscience
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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Gender
Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 11%
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