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Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States can expect wages of $44K annually on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $36K and $62K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. For the most part, Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,097 - $61,142
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$36K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,522
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$18.23 - $30.88
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$18
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,097 - $61,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,120  
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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$36,181 - $61,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,900
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$18.23 - $30.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,120  
   
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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$36,181 - $61,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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 who transition into a Senior Research Scientist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $98K per year. Career advancement for the typical Postdoctoral Research Associate often leads to becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or an Assistant Professor; median salaries in these positions are $29K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Postdoctoral Research Associates. The biggest paychecks can be found at National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the median salary there is $49K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $42K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $78K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at $47K, Stanford University at $47K, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Postdoctoral Research Associates annually earn $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. University of Texas (UT) - Austin, Northwestern University, and University of Washington (UW) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($43K, $45K, and $46K respectively).

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Physics, Material Science, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Postdoctoral Research Associate with more than 20 years of experience can earn $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Postdoctoral Research Associates, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Postdoctoral Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), New York (+4 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Workers in Houston and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Physics
up arrow 12%

Technical Writing
up arrow 12%

Material Science
up arrow 7%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Biophysics
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Grant Writing
0%

National Average
$44,000

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Clinical Research
up arrow 2%

Stem Cell
up arrow 2%

Neuroscience
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

biochemistry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 9%