Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary (United States)

A Postdoctoral Research Associate earns an average salary of $42,097 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field. A skill in Technical Writing is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$34,968 - $60,185
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60K
MEDIAN: $42,096
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Total Pay (?
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$17.11 - $39.15
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,968 - $60,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,901  
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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$35,023 - $60,597  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.11 - $39.15  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,901  
   
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).
)
$35,023 - $60,597  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,248
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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Cambridge
up arrow 16%
Boston
up arrow 5%
Seattle
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Baltimore
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National Average
$42,000
New Haven
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San Diego
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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 11%
Physics
up arrow 10%
Matlab
up arrow 6%
Bioinformatics
up arrow 3%
Material Science
up arrow 3%
Research Analysis
up arrow 2%
Grant Writing
up arrow 2%
Stem Cell
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Neuroscience
up arrow 1%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%
Biotechnology
up arrow 2%
Clinical Research
up arrow 2%
Chemistry
up arrow 2%
Immunology
up arrow 6%
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Gender
Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 10%
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