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Research Administrator Salary

The average Research Administrator in the United States earns approximately $59K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Research Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Research Administrators making up 76 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$40,633 - $89,068
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MEDIAN: $58,580
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$15.10 - $31.05
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$40,633 - $89,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$1,186 - $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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$39,676 - $87,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $31.05  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,186 - $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).
)
$39,676 - $87,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Research Administrator

Research administrators are a vital component in the educational and research operation of colleges and universities. Research administrators assess availability of funding for a research project while working with researchers to determine how best to prepare and present their proposals. Once a research administrator has determined that a proposal is acceptable and approves it, they then take on the legal responsibilities that this entails. These legal responsibilities include having to negotiate contracts with researchers for their research as well as taking care of intellectual property.

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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Microsoft Access, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research Administrators. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $58K. On average, Research Administrators make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 29%



Federal Grants
up arrow 6%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%