Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K per year. Earnings generally vary between $36K and $62K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Postdoctoral Research Associates is high. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Postdoctoral Research Associates are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,313 - $61,293
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$36K
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MEDIAN: $43,590
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$18.44 - $40.85
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,313 - $61,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
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$36,407 - $61,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,985
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.35  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
   
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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$36,407 - $61,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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

  • 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 Principal Scientist. The average Principal Scientist brings home $122K per year. Typical career progression for a Postdoctoral Research Associate involves becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or an Assistant Professor, roles that pay $29K more and $13K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Postdoctoral Research Associates include Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Washington (UW), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Those at Boston University can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $50K. Other big spenders include National Institutes of Health (NIH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford University, top-paying firms where Postdoctoral Research Associates see paychecks nearing $49K, $48K, or $48K.

Pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates is the lowest at Ohio State University (OSU), which has a median salary of $41K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $44K. University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (UT) - Austin, and University of Arizona are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($42K, $43K, and $43K respectively).

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Physics, Matlab, and Material Science are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Chemistry, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $43K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. Postdoctoral Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Postdoctoral Research Associates who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+11 percent), Palo Alto (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (6 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 16%

Physics
up arrow 15%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Material Science
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Stem Cell
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Biophysics
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Neuroscience
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Clinical Research
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Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

biochemistry
up arrow 6%

Chemistry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 9%
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