Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Pay for Medical Research Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $36K per year. Compensation ranges between $26K and $48K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Medical Research Assistants survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,427 - $49,171
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$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,703
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$10.66 - $21.40
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$11
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,427 - $49,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
Profit Sharing
$1,320  
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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$25,783 - $47,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $21.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$17.97 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,320  
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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$25,783 - $47,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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.

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Medical Research Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $83K per year on average. Medical Research Assistants typically move into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates, and those positions pay $7K more and $14K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


For Medical Research Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Stanford University; in fact, median earnings sit around $49K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Medical Research Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Clinical Research, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Neuroscience and Data Entry. Those familiar with Molecular Biology also tend to know Data Analysis and Clinical Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Medical Research Assistants. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $39K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Research Assistants make a median salary of $43K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $52K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,631

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Research Assistants, 33 percent above the national average. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). In Nashville, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cleveland and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 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 Collection
up arrow 15%

Clinical Research
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

PCR Analysis
0%

National Average
$35,000

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Neuroscience
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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