Senior Research Associate Salary

Median pay for Senior Research Associates in the United States is around $69K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Research Associates vary widely between $47K and $104K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $11K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Women Senior Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Senior Research Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,414 - $97,564
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $69,065
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$19.59 - $50.86
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$20
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,414 - $97,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,492  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $11,745  
Commission
$6,700  
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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$46,825 - $103,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $50.86  
   
Overtime
$28.59 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,492  
   
Commission
$6,700  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $11,745  
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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$46,825 - $103,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 $98K annually. When Senior Research Associates are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates flock to Genentech, Inc., Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Gerson Lehrman Group, and ICF International, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Pay for Senior Research Associates is best at Genentech, Inc., which offers a median salary of $103K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $73K to $126K. Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and ICF International also offer top salaries for Senior Research Associates. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $76K, $75K, and $72K, 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 $59K, $71K, and $72K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Client Interaction, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SPSS, Protein Purification, and Market Research. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $63K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. On average, Senior Research Associates make $77K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,542

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

South San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Research Associates, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Cambridge (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Redwood City (+8 percent). Arlington is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (14 percent less) and Houston (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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 56%

Client Interaction
up arrow 7%


Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
0%

National Average
$71,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Market Research
up arrow 13%

Protein Purification
up arrow 16%

SPSS
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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