Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Medical Research Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $26K and $48K per year. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. There are more female Medical Research Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,427 - $49,171
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,703
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$10.66 - $21.40
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,427 - $49,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
Profit Sharing
$1,320  
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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$25,783 - $47,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $21.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$17.97 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,320  
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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$25,783 - $47,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Medical Research Assistants sometimes become Physician Assistants, where the average income is $83K per year. Career advancement for the typical Medical Research Assistant often leads to becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator or a Biotechnology Research Associate; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


The biggest paychecks can be found at Stanford University — the median salary there is $49K.

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 Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Neuroscience and Data Entry. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of Data Analysis and Clinical Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

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


For many Medical Research Assistants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $39K on average. For Medical Research Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,631

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

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Medical Research Assistants in Palo Alto receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Houston (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Collection
up arrow 15%

Clinical Research
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

PCR Analysis
0%

National Average
$35,000

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Neuroscience
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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