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 specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and location. Job satisfaction for Medical Research Assistants is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Female Medical Research Assistants survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,487 - $51,032
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$37K
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MEDIAN: $37,321
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$11.85 - $21.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,487 - $51,032  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,915  
Profit Sharing
$150.50  
Total Pay (?
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$27,593 - $49,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $21.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$20.00 - $32.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.50  
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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$27,593 - $49,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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

  • 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


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While Medical Research Assistants do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $84K per year on average. Medical Research Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


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) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Medical Research Assistants. Those at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $49K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Stanford University, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University, where Medical Research Assistants typically earn around $49K, $44K, or $36K, respectively.

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


Medical Research Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Clinical Research are also skilled in Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

Pay by Experience for a Research Assistant, Medical has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Assistant, Medical with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 498 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Assistant, Medical with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Research Assistant, Medical which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 39 salaries. A Research Assistant, Medical with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,204

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For those looking to make money, Medical Research Assistants in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+27 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+16 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Nashville and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Research Assistant, Medical

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

▲41%

▲26%

▲10%

National Average
$36,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Collection
▲5%




National Average
$36,000

Data Analysis
▼1%

▼5%

▼7%

Phlebotomy
▼7%

Neuroscience
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 22%
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