Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Median pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States is around $44K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $36K and $62K per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates (68 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,317 - $61,293
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$36K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,603
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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
$36,317 - $61,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,019  
Total Pay (?
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$36,397 - $61,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,986
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,019  
   
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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$36,397 - $61,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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At the upper end, Postdoctoral Research Associates who move into a Principal Scientist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Principal Scientists is a much higher $122K per year. Postdoctoral Research Associates typically move into roles as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors, and those positions pay $29K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Postdoctoral Research Associates include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, University of Washington (UW), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of Texas (UT) - Austin. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Boston University offers the most; Postdoctoral Research Associates earn $50K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), where Postdoctoral Research Associates typically earn around $49K, $48K, or $48K, respectively.

Ohio State University (OSU) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $41K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $29K to $44K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are University of Pennsylvania ($42K), University of Texas (UT) - Austin ($43K), and University of Arizona ($43K).

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Physics, Matlab, and Bioinformatics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chemistry, biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. Postdoctoral Research Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Postdoctoral Research Associates, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+10 percent), New York (+6 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (6 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 16%

Physics
up arrow 15%

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Material Science
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Biophysics
0%

National Average
$44,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 1%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Neuroscience
up arrow 2%

Clinical Research
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

biochemistry
up arrow 6%

Chemistry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 319 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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