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Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Medical Research Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Earnings sit near $25K on the lower side but can approach $48K per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Medical Research Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Medical Research Assistants (65 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,863 - $48,756
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,678
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$10.21 - $21.69
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$10
$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
$27,863 - $48,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$25,330 - $47,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $21.69  
   
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 - $1,020  
   
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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$25,330 - $47,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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There are some Medical Research Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $82K annually. Typical career progression for a Medical Research Assistant involves becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator or a Biotechnology Research Associate, roles that pay $7K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $29K to just $41K — but Brigham and Women's Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $34K.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Medical Research Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in PCR Analysis, Data Analysis, Clinical Research, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Research Assistants, Palo Alto provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+2 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Houston and 8 percent less in Beaverton, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 112 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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