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Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States can expect wages of $51K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Associates (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Biotechnology Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$37,333 - $72,262
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$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,133
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$15.48 - $29.39
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,333 - $72,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,938  
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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$37,535 - $74,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 691
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $29.39  
   
Overtime
$22.60 - $44.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,938  
   
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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$37,535 - $74,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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 who transition into a Pharmaceutical Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $82K per year. Career advancement for the typical Biotechnology Research Associate often leads to becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Research Scientist; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Associates report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Protein Purification, Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PCR Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.


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. 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 $63K.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), Gaithersburg (+10 percent), and Cambridge (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cleveland Biotechnology Research Associates earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average. Minneapolis and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 23 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 21%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
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Biotechnology
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Stem Cell
0%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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cell culture
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ELISA
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
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%
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