Research Administrator Salary

Average Research Administrators in the United States make around $59K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Research Administrators (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Research Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,489 - $87,399
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$41K
$59K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,274
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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
$41,489 - $87,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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$39,327 - $86,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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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$39,327 - $86,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. Research Administrators bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


For Research Administrators, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Research Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Chicago and Rochester earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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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%

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: 6%
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