Research Administrator Salary

For Research Administrators, yearly average wages total $60K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the vast majority of Research Administrators (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Research Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,455 - $87,197
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$42K
$60K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,850
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$15.00 - $31.15
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,455 - $87,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,130 - $86,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $31.15  
   
Overtime
$24.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
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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$40,130 - $86,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Research Administrator

Research administrators are responsible for supporting the research departments of educational institutions and non-profit organizations, among other businesses. They help their research departments to obtain funding by identifying funding sources and prepare the necessary forms and proposals to request funding, as well as disperse this funding to particular parties in need.

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Research Administrator Tasks

  • Oversee the administration and budgeting of research grant funds, and ensure compliance with grant conditions and regulations.
  • Keep the principle investigator updated on grant information, help interpret grant requirements and policies, and ensure timely submission of paperwork.
  • Assist the principle investigator with compiling, formatting, and finalizing project proposals to submit to grant programs.

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Popular Skills for Research Administrator


Research Administrators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Budgeting, and Federal Grants are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. On average, Research Administrators make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Research Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,804

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Research Administrators, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Research Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rochester, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. On the whole, employers pay 13 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Pittsburgh and Chicago.

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What is it like working as a Research Administrator?

Research Administrator in Boston:
Pros: 1. Every day is different and brings new challenges; 2. Casual environment; 3. Many opportunities to learn new skill sets.
Cons: Lack of uniform policies and procedures throughout the university.

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 26%

Budgeting
up arrow 9%

Federal Grants
up arrow 7%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Access
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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