Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

The average Postdoctoral Research Associate in the United States earns approximately $45K per year. Pay generally varies between $37K and $65K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little more than half collect dental insurance. Male Postdoctoral Research Associates who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,461 - $64,438
$36K
$45K
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MEDIAN: $45,353
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$14.79 - $42.42
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MEDIAN: $20.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,461 - $64,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,690  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,558 - $65,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,846
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $42.42  
   
Overtime
$26.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,690  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$36,558 - $65,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Postdoctoral Research Associates sometimes become Principal Scientists, where the average income is $123K per year. A common career progression for a Postdoctoral Research Associate is to become a Biotechnology Research Scientist or an Assistant Professor. Compared to Postdoctoral Research Associates, the first group earns $28K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Known for taking on a considerable number of Postdoctoral Research Associates, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Texas (UT) - Austin, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Ohio State University (OSU), and Indiana University (IU), Bloomington are leading firms in the industry. Those at Stanford University can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K. National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Washington (UW), and University of California, San Diego (UCSD) also offer top salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associates. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $49K, $49K, and $48K, respectively.

Employees at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington take home the smallest paychecks, and $39K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $36K and quickly nearing the top at only $56K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Ohio State University (OSU) ($41K), University of Arizona ($42K), and University of Pennsylvania ($43K).

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 Data Modeling, Machine Learning, Matlab, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Molecular Biology and Chemistry. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,424

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+5 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and New Haven earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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Key Stats for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
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

▲8%

Late-Career
▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$45,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Data Modeling
▲14%

Machine Learning
▲9%


▲6%



▲1%

Material Science
▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000



▼1%



Chemistry
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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