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Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Median pay for Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K per year. In the world of Biotechnology Research Associates, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $74K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Biotechnology Research Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Biotechnology Research Associates (51 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$36,550 - $72,362
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MEDIAN: $50,959
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$15.12 - $29.83
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,550 - $72,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,794  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $6,000  
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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$36,476 - $74,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 913
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $29.83  
   
Overtime
$22.96 - $44.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,794  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $6,000  
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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$36,476 - $74,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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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As Biotechnology Research Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Pharmaceutical Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Pharmaceutical Project Managers on average earn $82K per year. Typical career progression for a Biotechnology Research Associate involves becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Senior Research Associate, roles that pay $22K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Research Associate, Biotechnology


Biotechnology Research Associates report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, Stem Cell, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PCR Analysis. The majority of those who know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. On average, Biotechnology Research Associates make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Biotechnology Research Associates that is 23 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 San Francisco (+15 percent), Gaithersburg (+12 percent), Cambridge (+11 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Biotechnology Research Associates' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Biotechnology Research Associates in Cleveland bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 28%


National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Biotechnology
up arrow 4%

Stem Cell
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$51,000

cell culture
up arrow 1%

ELISA
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%