Research Assistant, Medical Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Medical Research Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K annually. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. More than half of Medical Research Assistants (66 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,458 - $50,950
$29K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,785
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$11.59 - $21.80
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MEDIAN: $15.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,458 - $50,950  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,170  
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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$27,253 - $49,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $21.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$19.00 - $32.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,170  
   
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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$27,253 - $49,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 207

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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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It's not very common for Medical Research Assistants to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $84K annually. Typical career progression for a Medical Research Assistant involves becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator or a Biotechnology Research Associate, roles that pay $6K more and $13K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


Medical Research Assistants flock to 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), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Medical Research Assistants flock to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $49K lead the pack in compensation. 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.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Children's Hospital, Boston at $34K, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) at $35K, and Johns Hopkins University, where $36K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Clinical Research, Research Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. On average, Medical Research Assistants make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,764

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

For Medical Research Assistants, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+29 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Cincinnati (+17 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Nashville and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

▲43%

▲27%

▲12%

National Average
$36,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Collection
▲6%




Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼4%

▼6%

Phlebotomy
▼6%

Neuroscience
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 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
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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