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Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary (United States)

For Postdoctoral Research Associates, annual average wages total $43K per year. Earnings sit near $36K on the lower side but can approach $62K per year on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates (67 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. For the most part, Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary (?
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$35,824 - $61,131
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MEDIAN: $43,211
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary (?
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$18.82 - $30.95
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,824 - $61,131  
   
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$0.00 - $4,852  
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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$35,908 - $61,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,003
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$18.82 - $30.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,852  
   
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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$35,908 - $61,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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.

Common Career Paths for Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associates' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Research Scientist. The average Senior Research Scientist bring home $98K per year. It is quite typical for Postdoctoral Research Associates to transition into roles as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors, where reported median earnings are $29K and $13K higher per year.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Washington (UW), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Ohio State University (OSU) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Postdoctoral Research Associates. National Institutes of Health (NIH) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $49K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $42K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $78K.
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.

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Survey results imply that Postdoctoral Research Associates deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Physics, Technical Writing, Matlab, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include biochemistry, Immunology, and Molecular Biology. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Postdoctoral Research Associate

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For Postdoctoral Research Associates, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $43K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Postdoctoral Research Associates make a median salary of $48K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Postdoctoral Research Associates with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+12 percent), New York (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Atlanta (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Physics
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Technical Writing
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Matlab
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Material Science
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Data Analysis
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Bioinformatics
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Research Analysis
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Grant Writing
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National Average
$43,000
Clinical Research
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Stem Cell
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Biotechnology
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Neuroscience
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Molecular Biology
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biochemistry
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Immunology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
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: 44% employee benefits None: 10%