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Senior Research Associate Salary (United States)

Senior Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $68K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Research Associates stretch from $46K on the lower end to $103K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Senior Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Senior Research Associate Salary (?
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$46,376 - $97,423
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MEDIAN: $68,326
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Senior Research Associate Salary (?
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$19.97 - $50.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,376 - $97,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,252  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $12,480  
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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$46,346 - $102,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,030
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.97 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$22.81 - $55.32  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,252  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $12,480  
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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$46,346 - $102,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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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At the upper end, Senior Research Associates who move into a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists is $97K per year. 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.

Senior Research Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate

Salary cannot be beat at Genentech, Inc., where median pay comes to $104K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $81K, and the higher end is not far away at $125K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associates generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Technical Writing, Research Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Statistical Analysis and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Research Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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

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Cambridge
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Seattle
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$70,000
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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With a pay rate for Senior Research Associates that is 25 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 (+22 percent), Rockville (+13 percent), Cambridge (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Arlington and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$70,000

Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Biotechnology
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Technical Writing
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Research Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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Project Management
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National Average
$70,000
Data Analysis
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Statistical Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
34%
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: 6%