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Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Medical Research Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $47K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Female Medical Research Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,740 - $48,485
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,572
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$10.24 - $21.73
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$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,740 - $48,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
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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$25,293 - $47,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $21.73  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $34.87  
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 - $1,019  
   
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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$25,293 - $47,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250

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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 $82K per year on average. 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


Employees at Brigham and Women's Hospital take home the smallest paychecks, and $34K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $29K and quickly nearing the top at only $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 PCR Analysis, Data Analysis, Clinical Research, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Those familiar with Molecular Biology also tend to know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $33K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. 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


For Medical Research Assistants, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Workers in Houston and Beaverton earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, 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

PCR Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Clinical Research
0%

National Average
$34,000

Molecular Biology
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%
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