Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

An average Biotechnology Research Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Biotechnology Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$39,775 - $72,335
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$53K
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MEDIAN: $53,146
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$15.51 - $29.37
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$0$72K
Salary $39,775 - $72,335
Bonus $1,026 - $7,855
Profit Sharing $1,965
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$38,472 - $72,262
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 955
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.51 - $29.37
Overtime $22.93 - $45.36
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $1,026 - $7,855
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$38,472 - $72,262
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 221

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $99K annually. When Biotechnology Research Associates are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Biotechnology Research Scientists or Senior Research Associates. Those roles pay an additional $21K and $17K, respectively.

Research Associate, Biotechnology Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Associate, Biotechnology


The biggest paychecks can be found at Regeneron Pharmaceutical, Inc. — the median salary there is $84K.

Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Immunology, Flow Cytometry, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cell culture, Protein Purification, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Biotechnology are 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: $52,687

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

For Biotechnology Research Associates, working in the bustling city of South San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Biotechnology Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Cambridge (+7 percent), San Jose (+6 percent), and Mountain View (+5 percent). Biotechnology Research Associates in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (16 percent less) and Durham (14 percent less).

Research Associate, Biotechnology Reviews

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

Research Associate, Biotechnology in Texas City:
"It's not much of a deal."
Pros: It's not too strenuous and working environment is friendly.
Cons: The pay could be more, I think..

Research Associate, Biotechnology in San Diego:
Pros: Figuring out methods to automate almost every aspect of my job.
Cons: Politics.

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
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

▲40%

▲25%

▲13%

National Average
$53,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Microbiology
▲11%

Immunology
▲9%

Flow Cytometry
▲9%

Stem Cell
▲7%

Assay Development
▲3%

Product Development
▲2%


National Average
$53,000



ELISA
▼1%

Research Analysis
▼1%

▼3%



cell culture
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%
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