Senior Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $69K annually. The range in cash compensation to Senior Research Associates ($49K to $101K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Senior Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,766 - $96,312
$49K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,678
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$18.40 - $43.98
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MEDIAN: $28.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,766 - $96,312  
   
Bonus
$983 - $10,369  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,809  
Commission
$8,400  
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$48,683 - $101,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 960
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Hourly Rate
$18.40 - $43.98  
   
Overtime
$27.82 - $52.36  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$983 - $10,369  
   
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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$48,683 - $101,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Research Associates sometimes become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, where the average income is $99K per year. Senior Research Associates typically move into roles as Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists, and those positions pay $4K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Research Associates, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Gerson Lehrman Group are leading firms in the industry. Although Genentech, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $104K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $82K to $127K. Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and ICF International are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Research Associates earning around $83K, $81K, or $72K at each firm, respectively.

Gerson Lehrman Group, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and ICF International also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $63K, $71K, and $72K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. Most people familiar with 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $63K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $71K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Research Associates make a median salary of $82K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,337

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Research Associates, South San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 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), Seattle (+8 percent), and Redwood City (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Philadelphia Senior Research Associates earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (19 percent lower) and Arlington (17 percent lower).

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
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Product Development
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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 120 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
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%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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