Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $51K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male Biotechnology Research Associates are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Biotechnology Research Associates is high.

$37,896 - $72,141
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$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,229
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$16.08 - $29.52
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,896 - $72,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,718  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$37,944 - $74,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 649
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.08 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$22.27 - $45.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,718  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $3,500  
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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$37,944 - $74,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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.

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Biotechnology Research Associates' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Pharmaceutical Project Manager. The average Pharmaceutical Project Manager brings home $82K per year. Biotechnology Research Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Research Scientists. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Protein Purification, Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PCR Analysis. Most people skilled in Molecular Biology are similarly competent in Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Associate, Biotechnology

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. On average, Biotechnology Research Associates make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $64K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 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 (+16 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Gaithersburg (+10 percent), and Cambridge (+9 percent). Biotechnology Research Associates' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Biotechnology Research Associates in Cleveland bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (24 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 22%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Stem Cell
0%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

cell culture
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ELISA
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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