Research Administrator Salary (United States)

Annual wages for Research Administrators in the United States typically come in around $55,793 per year. The range in pay spans from $39,389 to $85,732 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Research Administrators are women (78 percent). Most Research Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Research Administrator Salary (?
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$40,375 - $86,851
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MEDIAN: $57,030
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Research Administrator Salary (?
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$15.10 - $30.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,375 - $86,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
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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$39,389 - $85,732  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
   
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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$39,389 - $85,732  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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

Survey results suggest that Research Administrators put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 33 percent, 16 percent, and 13 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.
For many but not all Research Administrators, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Standard salaries begin at $49K and can reach $56K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $77K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Research Administrators encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $77K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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National Average
$56,000
Chicago
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For Research Administrators, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
National Average
$56,000

Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 33%
Microsoft Access
up arrow 16%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%
Federal Grants
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
0%
Microsoft Word
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%
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