Pay for Medical Research Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geographic location. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. There are more female Medical Research Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,312 - $50,789
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$51K
MEDIAN: $36,731
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$11.69 - $21.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,312 - $50,789  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,133  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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$27,103 - $49,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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$0$11$22$33
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$11.69 - $21.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$19.39 - $32.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,133  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$27,103 - $49,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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Job Description for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical research assistants generally work underneath principal researchers or investigators. They often work on teams of researchers and assistants who are learning more about a topic or intending to prove a hypothesis, and may be responsible for gathering data from various sources. Data entry of gathered information is usually performed by the assistant, so it is important to have strong computer, typing, and ten-key skills and experience with database and spreadsheet software. Record-keeping and filing skills are also important, as the research assistant must keep comprehensive files and reports.

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Research Assistant, Medical Tasks

  • May obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.

Common Career Paths for Research Assistant, Medical


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While not commonly seen, Medical Research Assistants who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $84K per year. Medical Research Assistants most often move into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

Research Assistant, Medical Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


Medical Research Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Stanford University, and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $49K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Stanford University, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University, where earnings of $49K, $44K, or $36K are standard for Medical Research Assistants.

Children's Hospital, Boston, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Johns Hopkins University are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $34K, $35K, and $36K.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Survey results suggest that Medical Research Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Molecular Biology, Clinical Research, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Neuroscience, Data Entry, and Phlebotomy. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Medical Research Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. On average, Medical Research Assistants make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,788

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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Research Assistants, 29 percent higher than the national average. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+29 percent), Cincinnati (+17 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (14 percent lower) and Cleveland (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Research Assistant, Medical

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Collection
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$36,000


Data Entry
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Phlebotomy
up arrow 6%

Neuroscience
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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