Research Administrator Salary

The average Research Administrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $61K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (83 percent) of Research Administrators who took the survey are female. Most Research Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,694 - $83,703
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$84K
MEDIAN: $60,789
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$15.21 - $36.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$43,694 - $83,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$41,261 - $83,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $36.49  
   
Overtime
$25.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$41,261 - $83,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Research Administrator


Research Administrators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Budgeting, Federal Grants, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Administrator

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research Administrators. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $53K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,170

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Research Administrators in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+25 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Research Administrators in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Rochester (24 percent lower) and Tampa (17 percent lower).

Research Administrator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Research Administrator

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

▲35%

▲18%

▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Budget Management
▲7%

Budgeting
▲6%

Federal Grants
▲5%




Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼0%

Microsoft Access
▼0%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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