Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

The average Biotechnology Research Associate in the United States earns approximately $53K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Biotechnology Research Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent.

$39,844 - $72,008
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MEDIAN: $52,628
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$15.46 - $29.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,844 - $72,008  
   
Bonus
$1,036 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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$38,642 - $72,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 767
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Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $29.48  
   
Overtime
$22.33 - $45.30  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,036 - $8,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$38,642 - $72,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Research Associate, Biotechnology


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Biotechnology Research Associates who go on to become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is $99K annually. A common career progression for a Biotechnology Research Associate is to become a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Senior Research Associate. Compared to Biotechnology Research Associates, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $17K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Regeneron Pharmaceutical, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $84K.

Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Survey takers working as Biotechnology Research Associates report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Immunology, Flow Cytometry, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include cell culture, Protein Purification, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Biotechnology are, more often than not, also skilled in PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Associate, Biotechnology

Pay by Experience for a Research Associate, Biotechnology has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Associate, Biotechnology with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 747 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Associate, Biotechnology with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 199 salaries. An experienced Research Associate, Biotechnology which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 84 salaries. A Research Associate, Biotechnology with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,502

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

South San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biotechnology Research Associates, 32 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+7 percent), San Jose (+7 percent), and Mountain View (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Biotechnology Research Associate's salary, with Cleveland Biotechnology Research Associates earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Minneapolis and Durham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

Research Associate, Biotechnology Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Associate, Biotechnology?

Research Associate, Biotechnology in San Diego:
"Interesting. Applying skills learned, and learning new ones."
Pros: There are many things to learn. In terms of new knowledge and skill sets. It is interesting work.
Cons: At times, the work can become routine.

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Key Stats for Research Associate, Biotechnology

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

▲40%

▲25%

▲14%

National Average
$53,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Microbiology
▲11%

Immunology
▲10%

Flow Cytometry
▲10%

Stem Cell
▲7%

Assay Development
▲3%


Product Development
▲2%

ELISA
▼0%

National Average
$53,000



Research Analysis
▼1%

▼3%



cell culture
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%
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