Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Medical Research Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $25K to $48K per year. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Medical Research Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Medical Research Assistants (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,899 - $49,245
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,818
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$10.25 - $21.83
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,899 - $49,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$619 - $11,000  
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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$25,346 - $48,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $21.83  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $34.00  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$619 - $11,000  
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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$25,346 - $48,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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 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 $82K per year. Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates are common next-step roles for Medical Research Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Research Coordinators is $7K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Biotechnology Research Associates.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


The lowest salaries can be found at Brigham and Women's Hospital — median pay is $34K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $29K and only reaching $41K.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Survey results imply that Medical Research Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, PCR Analysis, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Neuroscience and Data Entry. Those educated in Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

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


Medical Research Assistants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $33K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Research Assistants make a median salary of $42K. Medical Research Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Medical Research Assistants will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Beaverton (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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PCR Analysis
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$34,000

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Neuroscience
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%
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