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Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary (United States)

A Research Associate, Biotechnology earns an average salary of $50,856 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$36,297 - $72,553
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MEDIAN: $50,855
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Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary (?
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$15.02 - $29.64
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,297 - $72,553  
   
Bonus
$25.50 - $6,207  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,171  
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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$36,180 - $74,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $29.64  
   
Overtime
$22.48 - $43.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$25.50 - $6,207  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $5,171  
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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$36,180 - $74,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
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$51,000

Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Stem Cell
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Molecular Biology
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Data Analysis
0%
National Average
$51,000
ELISA
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cell culture
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%