Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Total cash compensation to Biotechnology Research Associates approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $75K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biotechnology Research Associates. Men working as Biotechnology Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,372 - $73,064
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,116
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$15.16 - $29.39
(Median)
$15
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,372 - $73,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,794  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$37,424 - $75,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $29.39  
   
Overtime
$22.06 - $45.34  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,794  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$37,424 - $75,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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Job Description for Research Associate, Biotechnology

A research associate in biotechnology spends almost all of his or her time in a laboratory setting conducting experiments and analyzing data. This research associate (also called a “wet lab associate”) is in charge of testing potential biologic compounds' effectiveness on potential diseases. The testing requires the use of standard scientific tools such as pipettes and petri dishes to grow cultures. At the junior level, all of the associate's time is spent in the lab. However, at more senior research levels, the associate may oversee labs across multiple locations, so some travel may be required. Also, a substantial portion of the research associate's lab work is done in conjunction with other teams, so there is a lot of collaboration with other research associates working on other projects. Additionally, research associates in biotechnology generally work during regular business hours, although overtime and off-hours work may be required depending on the needs of the lab.

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Research Associate, Biotechnology Tasks

  • Create and document laboratory protocols and equipment/substrate information.
  • Critically analyze results, and collaborate with the research team to write up findings.
  • Conduct laboratory work such as chromatography/LC/MS/assays on samples or in vitro systems.

Common Career Paths for Research Associate, Biotechnology


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As Biotechnology Research Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Pharmaceutical Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Pharmaceutical Project Managers earn $82K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Biotechnology Research Associate involves becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Research Scientist, roles that pay $21K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Survey results show that Biotechnology Research Associates use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Protein Purification, Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include PCR Analysis. Most people experienced in Molecular Biology also know Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Associate, Biotechnology

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Biotechnology Research Associates who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Biotechnology Research Associates in South San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Biotechnology Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Gaithersburg (+11 percent), and Cambridge (+10 percent). Biotechnology Research Associates in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (23 percent less) and San Diego (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 23%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
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Biotechnology
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Stem Cell
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National Average
$52,000

Molecular Biology
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Data Analysis
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cell culture
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%