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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 per year on average. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $48K per year on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Research Assistants. The majority of Medical Research Assistants (64 percent) who took the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,653 - $48,709
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$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,518
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$10.28 - $21.70
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,653 - $48,709  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
Total Pay (?
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$25,232 - $47,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $34.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
   
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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$25,232 - $47,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250

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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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While Medical Research Assistants do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $82K per year on average. 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.

Research Assistant, Medical Job Listings

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in PCR Analysis, Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. It is often found that people who know Molecular Biology are 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Medical Research Assistants. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $33K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $39K on average. On average, Medical Research Assistants make $41K following 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 $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Palo Alto is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Research Assistants, 34 percent higher than the national average. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+19 percent), New York (+9 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+1 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Beaverton (12 percent lower and 7 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

PCR Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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National Average
$34,000

Clinical Research
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%