Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Average Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States make around $44K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $36K to $63K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. For the most part, Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$36,391 - $62,287
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$36K
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$62K
MEDIAN: $44,073
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$17.77 - $42.66
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,391 - $62,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,911  
Profit Sharing
$6,700  
Total Pay (?
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$36,481 - $62,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,277
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Hourly Rate
$17.77 - $42.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,700  
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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$36,481 - $62,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 do not often transition into Principal Scientist roles. The role averages $123K per year. Postdoctoral Research Associates most often move into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dominating the field, Stanford University, University of Washington (UW), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Postdoctoral Research Associates. Postdoctoral Research Associates in search of the best pay head to Stanford University, where the median salary rolls in at $49K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $64K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $44K. Other leaders in compensation levels are National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $48K, University of Washington (UW) at $46K, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Postdoctoral Research Associates annually earn $46K.

Indiana University (IU), Bloomington offers the least pay with a median salary of $39K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $56K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Ohio State University (OSU) ($41K), Baylor College Of Medicine ($41K), and University of Arizona ($42K).

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Physics, Statistical Analysis, Matlab, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include biochemistry, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. The majority of those who know Data Analysis also 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.


For Postdoctoral Research Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $44K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $46K. Postdoctoral Research Associates bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,202

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For Postdoctoral Research Associates, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Houston and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%



National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Physics
up arrow 18%


Matlab
up arrow 4%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Material Science
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Biophysics
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Research Analysis
0%

National Average
$44,000

Stem Cell
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Biotechnology
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Clinical Research
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Neuroscience
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Molecular Biology
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Chemistry
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biochemistry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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