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 $36K per year. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $48K per year on the higher end. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Women account for the majority of Medical Research Assistants who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Research Assistants. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,871 - $49,368

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$10.26 - $21.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,871 - $49,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Profit Sharing
$619 - $11,000  
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$25,404 - $48,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 465
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$17.59 - $32.89  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$25,404 - $48,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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 $82K 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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Salaries are easily beat at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where median pay comes to just $34K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $29K and ending at $41K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Survey results suggest that Medical Research Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, PCR Analysis, Clinical Research, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $39K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Research Assistants make a median salary of $43K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Palo Alto is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Research Assistants, 33 percent higher than the national average. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Portland (11 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 Analysis
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PCR Analysis
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Clinical Research
0%

Molecular Biology
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National Average
$35,000

Data Entry
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Neuroscience
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 18%
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