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. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $48K per year on the high end. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. There are more female Medical Research Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Most Medical Research Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,893 - $49,305
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,859
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$10.22 - $21.88
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$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,893 - $49,305  
   
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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$25,331 - $48,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $21.88  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$25,331 - $48,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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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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It's not very common for Medical Research Assistants to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $82K annually. Medical Research Assistants most often move into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


With a median salary of $34K, Brigham and Women's Hospital provides Medical Research Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $41K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Medical Research Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, PCR Analysis, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Neuroscience and Data Entry. Those proficient in Molecular Biology are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. 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. Medical Research Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Research Assistants, 34 percent above the national average. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is 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
$34,000


Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Analysis
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PCR Analysis
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Clinical Research
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Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$34,000

Data Entry
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Neuroscience
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 18%
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