Research Administrator Salary

For Research Administrators, annual average wages total $61K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Women account for the majority of Research Administrators who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. For the most part, Research Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,215 - $85,065
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MEDIAN: $61,128
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$17.04 - $36.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,215 - $85,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$41,948 - $84,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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Hourly Rate
$17.04 - $36.49  
   
Overtime
$29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$41,948 - $84,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Research Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 97 salaries. An experienced Research Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 85 salaries. A Research Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 9 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,467

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

For those looking to make money, Research Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+25 percent), Palo Alto (+24 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Research Administrator's salary, with Rochester Research Administrators earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Pittsburgh and 17 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

▲37%

▲17%

▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Budget Management
▲7%

Budgeting
▲6%

Federal Grants
▲5%







National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 7%