Senior Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $69K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Research Associates generally bottom out at around $49K and peak near $102K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $11K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. For the most part, Senior Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,941 - $96,724
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$49K
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MEDIAN: $69,228
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$18.97 - $44.57
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,941 - $96,724  
   
Bonus
$968 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $10,599  
Commission
$9,200  
Total Pay (?
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$48,810 - $101,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 959
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.97 - $44.57  
   
Overtime
$27.37 - $53.26  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$968 - $11,074  
   
Commission
$9,200  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $10,599  
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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$48,810 - $101,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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It's not very common for Senior Research Associates to move on to become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Average pay for a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist is $99K annually. Typical career progression for a Senior Research Associate involves becoming a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist, roles that pay $4K more and $3K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Dominating the field, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Amgen Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Research Associates. With a median salary of $103K, Genentech, Inc. offers Senior Research Associates the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $79K and are capped at $126K. Also paying near the top of the field are Amgen Corporation at $83K, Gilead Sciences, Inc. at $79K, and ICF International, where Senior Research Associates annually earn $72K.

Gerson Lehrman Group, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and ICF International are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($63K, $71K, and $72K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate

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


For Senior Research Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $63K. Senior Research Associates see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Research Associates who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,830

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Research Associates, South San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+18 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Redwood City (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Research Associates in Philadelphia earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Workers in Arlington and Durham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 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 55%


Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
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National Average
$71,000

Data Analysis
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Research Analysis
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Statistical Analysis
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Product Development
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Technical Writing
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Market Research
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SPSS
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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