Senior Research Associate Salary
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.
|Salary||$48,766 - $96,312|
|Bonus||$983 - $10,369|
|Profit Sharing||$509 - $10,809|
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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).)
|$48,683 - $101,399|
|Hourly Rate||$18.40 - $43.98|
|Overtime||$27.82 - $52.36|
|Bonus||$983 - $10,369|
|Profit Sharing||$509 - $10,809|
|Total Pay (||$48,683 - $101,399|
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
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.
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
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).
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