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Senior Research Associate Salary

Senior Research Associates in the United States take home approximately $69K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Research Associates approaches anywhere from $47K on the lower end to $103K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Research Associates. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,845 - $97,447
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $69,111
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$20.04 - $48.94
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$20
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,845 - $97,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $12,255  
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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$46,768 - $102,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.04 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$28.11 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $12,255  
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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$46,768 - $102,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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There are some Senior Research Associates — though it's uncommon — that transition into Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, where earnings are an average $98K annually. Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists are common next-step roles for Senior Research Associates moving up in their careers; annual pay for Research Scientists is $3K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Biotechnology Research Scientists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Genentech, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $103K, though there is little variation overall ($80K to $123K).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Client Interaction, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Statistical Analysis. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Research Associates make a median salary of $77K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Research Associates will find that South San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and New York (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Austin (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, 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


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$71,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
27%
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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