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Research Administrator Salary

The average Research Administrator in the United States earns approximately $59K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Research Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Research Administrators making up 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,026 - $88,342
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$41K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,253
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$14.29 - $30.86
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,026 - $88,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$39,139 - $87,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $30.86  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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).
)
$39,139 - $87,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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 imply that Research Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Federal Grants, and Microsoft Access are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research Administrators. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $59K on average. Research Administrators see a median salary of $74K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


Research Administrators will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent) and Los Angeles (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (12 percent lower) and Rochester (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 28%

Federal Grants
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%