Research Associate, Biotechnology Salary

Biotechnology Research Associates in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biotechnology Research Associates making up 51 percent of survey respondents.

$38,038 - $72,352

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$16.45 - $30.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,038 - $72,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,465  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $3,931  
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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$38,160 - $74,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 627
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.45 - $30.29  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $46.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,465  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $3,931  
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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$38,160 - $74,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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. Typical career progression for a Biotechnology Research Associate involves becoming a Biotechnology Research Scientist or a Senior Research Associate, roles that pay $21K more and $17K more on average.

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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 Protein Purification, Microsoft Excel, Biotechnology, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PCR Analysis. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


South San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Biotechnology Research Associates, 33 percent above the national average. Biotechnology Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Gaithersburg (+10 percent), and Cambridge (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Cleveland Biotechnology Research Associates have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and San Diego (23 percent lower and 10 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 22%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Research Associate, Biotechnology Salaries

Protein Purification
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Stem Cell
0%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

cell culture
up arrow 2%

ELISA
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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