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.
|Salary||$48,995 - $96,661|
|Bonus||$965 - $10,330|
|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).)
|$48,824 - $102,076|
|Hourly Rate||$18.20 - $45.14|
|Overtime||$25.43 - $58.72|
|Bonus||$965 - $10,330|
|Profit Sharing||$509 - $10,809|
|Total Pay (||$48,824 - $102,076|
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.Read More...
A well qualified candidate would possess a strong and varied skill set including exceptional writing, organization, analysis, and research abilities, effective communication skills, and the ability to work successfully under minimal supervision. Many senior research associates are required to operate complex laboratory equipment and robotics platforms; they also must be familiar with computer-based biology tools and methods.
These positions are typically indoors in a laboratory environment and require long periods of standing, as well as prolonged use of a keyboard and the physical dexterity necessary to operate delicate lab equipment. Generally, research associates work full time, on-site, and work standard business hours with the possibility of overtime.
With this senior position, a successful candidate typically needs either a bachelor's or master's degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a similar discipline, as well of several years' research experience in a related field. Depending on their intended field, research associates often are required to have professional certifications such the SOCRA (Society Of Clinical Research Associates) certification.
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
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.
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
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.
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