Research Administrator Salary

Research Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Research Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Research Administrators (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$42,455 - $87,197
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$42K
$60K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,850
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$15.00 - $31.15
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,455 - $87,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,130 - $86,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $31.15  
   
Overtime
$24.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$40,130 - $86,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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


Survey results show that Research Administrators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Budgeting, and Federal Grants are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 9 percent, and 7 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.


Research Administrators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $50K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $59K on average. Research Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,804

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

With a pay rate for Research Administrators that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Rochester Research Administrators earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less).

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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Grant Management
up arrow 26%

Budgeting
up arrow 9%

Federal Grants
up arrow 7%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Access
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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