Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Postdoctoral Research Associates in the United States can expect wages of $44K per year on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $36K, and the top verges on $63K per year. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. For the most part, Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Postdoctoral Research Associates (67 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,391 - $62,287
(Median)
$36K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,073
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$17.77 - $42.66
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$18
$22
$43
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 (?
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: 2,277
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$0$15$30$45
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 who advance into the role of a Principal Scientist are fairly uncommon. Principal Scientists on average earn $123K 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


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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Postdoctoral Research Associates. Employees at Stanford University enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $49K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $44K and higher ones not far away at only $64K. Soaring salaries can also be found at National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Washington (UW), and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where earnings of $48K, $46K, or $46K are standard for Postdoctoral Research Associates.

With a median salary of $39K, Indiana University (IU), Bloomington provides Postdoctoral Research Associates with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $56K, limiting employee salary growth. 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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include biochemistry, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. Most people familiar with 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.


Postdoctoral Research Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Postdoctoral Research Associates with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,202

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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Postdoctoral Research Associates in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and San Diego (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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