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.
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|$36,558 - $65,340|
|Hourly Rate||$14.79 - $42.42|
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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.Read More...
Postdoctoral research associates must know how to use various automated tools and computerized technology to conduct research. They must also be able to troubleshoot system/equipment issues and call relevant repairmen if necessary. They must always ensure that their work area and all instruments and supply materials are clean and sterile, and they are also responsible for writing reports on their research projects.
Those in this position must be proficient with Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Exel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as they may occasionally be required to conduct presentations; they should also be able to work well in team environments. Employers generally require that candidates have a master's degree or Ph.D.
These research associates may need to interact with clients, so effective oral and written communication skills are important in this position. They must be innovative and dedicated, and are often required to travel to attend conferences or workshops and read professional journals. Some may occasionally be required to work overtime in order to meet deadlines, and some may train and coach new and junior research associates.
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
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.
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
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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