Senior Research Associate Salary

The average Senior Research Associate in the United States earns approximately $69K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Research Associates bottoms out near $47K and approaches $103K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $11K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. 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. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Research Associates (52 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,002 - $97,869
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $68,988
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$19.64 - $48.48
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$20
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$47,002 - $97,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,649  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $12,080  
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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$46,767 - $103,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,218
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Hourly Rate
$19.64 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$28.11 - $54.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $12,080  
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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$46,767 - $103,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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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While Senior Research Associates do not often become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, the job pays $98K per year on average. A common career progression for a Senior Research Associate is to become a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist. Compared to Senior Research Associates, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Genentech, Inc., Amgen Corporation, ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are all popular places to work. Although the highest salaries can be found at Genentech, Inc. where median pay is $104K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $81K and $124K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Proposal Writing, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 62 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Statistical 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Research Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $71K. Senior Research Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Senior Research Associates who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Research Associates, busy South San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). In Denver, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 62%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 13%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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