Get a Salary Report for



- Compare Your Salary
- Evaluate a Job Offer


- Price a New Hire
- Give a Raise



- Benchmark Jobs
- Create a Comp Plan

Research Assistant, Medical Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, roughly four in five of Medical Research Assistants report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $35K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Most Medical Research Assistants (64 percent) are women. The majority of Medical Research Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Research Assistant, Medical Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$27,253 - $47,794
(Median)
27K
35K
41K
48K
MEDIAN: $35,259
10%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Research Assistant, Medical Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$10.04 - $21.07
(Median)
10
12
15
18
21
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data

 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,253 - $47,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
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).
)
$24,601 - $46,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $21.07  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $36.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
   
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).
)
$24,601 - $46,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
Is Research Assistant, Medical your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
Years in Field/Career:
United States (change)

Job Description for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical research assistants' main responsibilities are to assist the lead researchers in any form necessary. This usually includes conducting and investigative clinical trials in a laboratory setting. They are normally employed by universities, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and private research labs all with the aims to develop new drugs to help fight devastating diseases. Within the clinical trial they are responsible for first securing the necessary consent from the research subjects or their guardians. This is because clinical trials often involve testing the effectiveness and potential problems of new drugs on volunteer human participants. At the discretion of the lead researchers, the medical research assistant then conducts experiments and records their findings. These findings are then reported into extreme large databases. It is vital that these databases are well managed, so a medical research assistant must always verify the accuracy and validity of data entered into these databases. Their role isn't solely located within the laboratory either. Once the clinical trial is over they are responsible for providing assistance with the preparation of project related reports, manuscripts, and presentations. These reports are then presented to whoever funded the clinical trial. A person who wants to become a medical research assistant usually needs to hold at least a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, or another subject related to human health. It is also very common for graduate and doctoral students to apply for research assistant jobs in order to prepare them for their eventual careers as clinical scientists or physicians.
Research Assistant, Medical Tasks
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.
  • May obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.

Common Career Paths for Research Assistant, Medical

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px   Copy and paste this HTML:
Medical Research Assistants do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role tends to pay $81K per year. When Medical Research Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $14K, respectively.

Research Assistant, Medical Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical

The biggest paychecks can be found at Stanford University — the median salary there is $49K. Employees at Brigham and Women's Hospital take home the smallest paychecks, and $33K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $27K and quickly nearing the top at only $40K. Also approaching the lower end is Stanford University.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical Research Assistants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in PCR Analysis, Clinical Research, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Clinical Research also know PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Medical Research Assistants. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $33K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $38K on average. Medical Research Assistants bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $49K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a strong majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one-tenth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly one in eight, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Palo Alto
up arrow 35%
Denver
up arrow 11%
Seattle
up arrow 11%
New York
up arrow 6%
up arrow 4%
National Average
$34,000
Cincinnati
up arrow 2%
Cleveland
up arrow 3%
Dallas
up arrow 3%
Baltimore
up arrow 3%
Portland
up arrow 5%
Beaverton
up arrow 7%
Chicago
up arrow 11%
Houston
up arrow 12%
Nashville
up arrow 17%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Medical Research Assistants, Palo Alto provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Seattle, Denver, New York, and Boston, where Medical Research Assistants annually earn 11 percent, 11 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Chicago (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -

Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%
Clinical Research
up arrow 2%
Data Analysis
up arrow 1%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%
Data Entry
0%
National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied Image
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%