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Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States can expect wages of $51K per year on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Associates making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Biotechnology Research Associates, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$37,297 - $72,153
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$37K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,150
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$15.21 - $29.29
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$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,297 - $72,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,933  
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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$37,392 - $74,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $29.29  
   
Overtime
$22.75 - $44.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,933  
   
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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$37,392 - $74,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Pharmaceutical Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $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


Biotechnology Research Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Protein Purification, Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PCR Analysis. Those proficient in Molecular Biology are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $62K.

Pay Difference by 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 will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Gaithersburg (+11 percent), and Cambridge (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Biotechnology Research Associates is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (23 percent less) and San Diego (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
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Biotechnology
up arrow 3%

Stem Cell
0%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

cell culture
up arrow 2%

ELISA
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
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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