Senior Research Associate Salary
Senior Research Associates in the United States pull down an average of $69K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Research Associates generally bottom out at around $49K and peak near $102K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $11K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. For the most part, Senior Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
- 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
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 $99K annually. Typical career progression for a Senior Research Associate involves becoming a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist, roles that pay $4K more and $3K more on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate
Dominating the field, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Amgen Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Research Associates. With a median salary of $103K, Genentech, Inc. offers Senior Research Associates the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $79K and are capped at $126K. Also paying near the top of the field are Amgen Corporation at $83K, Gilead Sciences, Inc. at $79K, and ICF International, where Senior Research Associates annually earn $72K.
Gerson Lehrman Group, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and ICF International are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($63K, $71K, and $72K respectively).
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, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. Most people who know 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $63K. Senior Research Associates see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Research Associates who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Senior Research Associates, South San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Cambridge (+18 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Redwood City (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Research Associates in Philadelphia earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Workers in Arlington and Durham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).