Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Pay for Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States sits in the ballpark of $52K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Associates making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$38,812 - $71,141
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$39K
$52K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,770
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$16.76 - $29.28
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$17
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$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,812 - $71,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,581  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$38,368 - $73,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 648
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.76 - $29.28  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $46.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,581  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$38,368 - $73,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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. Biotechnology Research Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Senior Research Associates. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $17K 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 Data Analysis, Protein Purification, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include cell culture, PCR Analysis, and ELISA. It is often found that people who know Biotechnology are also skilled in PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Associate, Biotechnology

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Biotechnology Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,518

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

With a pay rate for Biotechnology Research Associates that is 32 percent greater than the national average, South San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biotechnology Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Gaithersburg (+9 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Rockville (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+8 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and San Diego (24 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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 18%


National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
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Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Biotechnology
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National Average
$53,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
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Microsoft Excel
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ELISA
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cell culture
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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