Research Administrator Salary

Research Administrators in the United States take home an average $59K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Research Administrators who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 80 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Administrators. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,460 - $87,485
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$41K
$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,245
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$14.48 - $30.70
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$41,460 - $87,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
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$39,301 - $86,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $30.70  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.63  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$39,301 - $86,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Federal Grants, and Microsoft Access are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $49K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. Research Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Research Administrators, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Research Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), New York (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Rochester (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 26%

Federal Grants
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
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National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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