Senior Research Associate Salary

Senior Research Associates in the United States take home an average $68K annually. Cash earnings of Senior Research Associates can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $49K to almost $102K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Research Associates (59 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,995 - $96,661
$49K
$68K
$97K
MEDIAN: $68,494
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$18.20 - $45.14
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$29
$45
MEDIAN: $29.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,995 - $96,661  
   
Bonus
$965 - $10,330  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,809  
Commission
$8,400  
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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$48,824 - $102,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.20 - $45.14  
   
Overtime
$25.43 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $10,330  
   
Commission
$8,400  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,809  
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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$48,824 - $102,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Associate


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Senior Research Associates who advance into the role of a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist are fairly uncommon. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists on average earn $99K per year. Senior Research Associates typically move into roles as Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists, and those positions pay $5K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Amgen Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Research Associates. Amgen Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $104K. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at Genentech, Inc. ($103K), Gilead Sciences, Inc. ($81K), and ICF International ($72K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Gerson Lehrman Group ($57K), Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc ($71K), and ICF International ($72K).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Survey results imply that Senior Research Associates deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate

Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 444 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Research Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 395 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 274 salaries. A Senior Research Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 80 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,074

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Research Associates in South San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Redwood City (+10 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Senior Research Associates in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Austin and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Senior Research Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Research Associate?

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.

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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Key Stats for Senior Research Associate

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries

▲23%

▲17%

▲1%

National Average
$70,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
▲57%



Operations Management
▲3%


Protein Purification
▼0%

National Average
$70,000









SPSS
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 5%