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Senior Research Associate Salary

Senior Research Associates in the United States take home approximately $69K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Senior Research Associates stretch from $47K on the lower end to $103K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Senior Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Senior Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,732 - $97,437
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$47K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $69,174
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$20.13 - $48.48
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$20
$29
$48
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,732 - $97,437  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,270  
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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$46,772 - $102,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$27.63 - $54.65  
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 - $10,270  
   
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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$46,772 - $102,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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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 $97K annually. The most common next step for a Senior Research Associate is to become a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Although the highest salaries can be found at Genentech, Inc. where median pay is $103K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $80K and $123K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Survey results imply that Senior Research Associates put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Technical Writing, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Statistical Analysis, and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $72K. On average, Senior Research Associates make $77K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $83K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Rockville (+12 percent), Cambridge (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (15 percent less) and Chicago (12 percent less).

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


Molecular Biology
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Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
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Client Interaction
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Market Research
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National Average
$71,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

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: 7%