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Research Assistant, Medical Salary (United States)

Medical Research Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K annually. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $47K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Medical Research Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Medical Research Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Research Assistant, Medical Salary (?
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$27,440 - $48,261
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MEDIAN: $35,460
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Research Assistant, Medical Salary (?
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$10.03 - $21.07
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,440 - $48,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,711  
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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$24,794 - $46,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $21.07  
   
Overtime
$14.48 - $34.50  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $1,711  
   
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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$24,794 - $46,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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Job Description for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical research assistants' main responsibilities are to assist the lead researchers in any form necessary. This usually includes conducting and investigative clinical trials in a laboratory setting. They are normally employed by universities, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and private research labs all with the aims to develop new drugs to help fight devastating diseases. Within the clinical trial they are responsible for first securing the necessary consent from the research subjects or their guardians. This is because clinical trials often involve testing the effectiveness and potential problems of new drugs on volunteer human participants. At the discretion of the lead researchers, the medical research assistant then conducts experiments and records their findings. These findings are then reported into extreme large databases. It is vital that these databases are well managed, so a medical research assistant must always verify the accuracy and validity of data entered into these databases. Their role isn't solely located within the laboratory either. Once the clinical trial is over they are responsible for providing assistance with the preparation of project related reports, manuscripts, and presentations. These reports are then presented to whoever funded the clinical trial. A person who wants to become a medical research assistant usually needs to hold at least a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, or another subject related to human health. It is also very common for graduate and doctoral students to apply for research assistant jobs in order to prepare them for their eventual careers as clinical scientists or physicians.
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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Medical Research Assistants do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $82K per year. Medical Research Assistants typically move into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates, and those positions pay $8K more and $14K more, respectively.

Research Assistant, Medical Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical Research Assistants will find the worst pay at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $34K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $41K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical

Survey results suggest that Medical Research Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in PCR Analysis, Clinical Research, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
For Medical Research Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $33K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $39K. Medical Research Assistants bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Medical Research Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Research Assistants, 36 percent above the national average. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+17 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), New York (+4 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Nashville, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston and Chicago (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Late-Career
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$34,000

Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

PCR Analysis
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Clinical Research
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Molecular Biology
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$34,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%