Senior Research Associate Salary

Median pay for Senior Research Associates in the United States is around $69K annually. With some bonuses approaching $11K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Senior Research Associates spread between $47K and $103K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Senior Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,315 - $97,581

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$19.64 - $48.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,315 - $97,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,511  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $12,080  
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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$47,051 - $103,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.64 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$28.11 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,511  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $12,080  
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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$47,051 - $103,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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Job Description for Senior Research Associate

Senior research associates are often employed by medical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, scientific laboratories, and major universities. As a senior research associate, an individual performs a number of duties to support various business and scientific objectives. Day-to-day responsibilities could include clinical research or testing while adhering to strict quality control standards, working closely with other scientists and researchers to develop new scientific methods and procedures, collecting and summarizing data, executing experiments, writing detailed technical reports, creating and maintaining computerized spreadsheets and documentation, and managing, training, and mentoring other team members.

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Senior Research Associate Tasks

  • Design quality assurance measures and report on any findings.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor research projects using advanced statistical analysis and modeling techniques.
  • Research, prepare, and conduct data collection activities.
  • Act as the point-of-contact and represent the company's expertise in specialized research.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Associate


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Senior Research Associates sometimes assume positions such as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. That role pays $98K per year on average. When Senior Research Associates are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Genentech, Inc., Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., ICF International, and Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Research Associates. Senior Research Associates in search of the best pay head to Genentech, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $104K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $124K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $81K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Survey takers working as Senior Research Associates report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Proposal Writing, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 62 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Statistical Analysis and Market Research. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Research Associates with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. Senior Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Research Associates that is 22 percent greater than the national average, South San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Senior Research Associate Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Research Associate at Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc?

Senior Research Associate in Mankato:
"This is a pretty damn good job."
Pros: Competitive pay, stress-free working environment (during non-busy times of the year), a fair number of holidays.
Cons: It is a 'peaks and troughs' job. The busy times are INSANELY busy, and the slow times are VERY slow.

What is it like working as a Senior Research Associate?

Senior Research Associate in Austin:
"Not the worst place to work."
Pros: -Early responsibility/ability to take on your own projects. -Young office vibe.
Cons: -Management within my department is a mess. -Difficult to find route to promotion. -Low team morale. -Office vibe is too young, would like access to more senior professionals.

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Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 62%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 13%

Operations Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Market Research
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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