Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Associates making up 50 percent of survey respondents.

$37,842 - $72,411
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$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,136
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$16.09 - $29.62
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,842 - $72,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,493  
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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$37,906 - $74,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.09 - $29.62  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $45.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,493  
   
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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$37,906 - $74,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

Common Career Paths for Research Associate, Biotechnology


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Biotechnology Research Associates may progress into high-paying roles like Pharmaceutical Project Manager, where median compensation is $82K annually. Biotechnology Research Associates typically move into roles as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Research Scientists, and those positions pay $21K more and $22K more, respectively.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. Biotechnology Research Associates bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Biotechnology Research Associates will find that South San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Biotechnology Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Gaithersburg (+11 percent), and Cambridge (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Cleveland Biotechnology Research Associates have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Minneapolis and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

Research Associate, Biotechnology Reviews

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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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 23%


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
up arrow 2%

ELISA
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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