Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

For Biotechnology Research Associates, annual average wages total $52K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Biotechnology Research Associates are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Biotechnology Research Associates are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field.

$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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For Biotechnology Research Associates, progressing to a Pharmaceutical Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Pharmaceutical Project Manager can earn $82K annually. A common career progression for a Biotechnology Research Associate is to become a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Senior Research Associate. Compared to Biotechnology Research Associates, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $17K more.

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Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Survey results suggest that Biotechnology Research Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Protein Purification, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like cell culture, PCR Analysis, and ELISA. The majority of those who know Biotechnology also know 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. For some reason, Biotechnology Research Associates with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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 will also find cushy salaries in Gaithersburg (+9 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Rockville (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cleveland Biotechnology Research Associates earning much less — 29 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (24 percent lower and 9 percent lower, 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 18%


National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
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Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000

Stem Cell
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

ELISA
up arrow 4%


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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