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Senior Research Associate Salary

An average Senior Research Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $69K annually. 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 company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Research Associates (53 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Senior Research Associates is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,692 - $97,377
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $69,043
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$20.04 - $48.94
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$20
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,692 - $97,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,307  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $12,365  
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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$46,620 - $102,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,149
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.04 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$25.07 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,307  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $12,365  
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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$46,620 - $102,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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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Senior Research Associates who advance into the role of a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist are fairly uncommon. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists on average earn $97K per year. 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 $3K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Although Genentech, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $103K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $80K to $123K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Survey results show that Senior Research Associates use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Client Interaction, Molecular Biology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Statistical Analysis. Most people experienced in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Research Associates in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like South San Francisco (+22 percent), Cambridge (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Arlington (16 percent lower) and Austin (14 percent lower).

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


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$71,000

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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