Research Administrator Salary

An average Research Administrator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Research Administrators who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 80 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,807 - $86,551

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$14.48 - $30.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,807 - $86,551  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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$39,574 - $85,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $30.70  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $34.63  
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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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$39,574 - $85,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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


Survey results suggest that Research Administrators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Grant Management, Federal Grants, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Research Administrators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $82K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Administrators, 28 percent higher than the national average. Research Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+13 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 (13 percent lower) and Rochester (8 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 26%

Federal Grants
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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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: 6%
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