Senior Research Associate Salary

Average Senior Research Associates in the United States make around $69K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Research Associates — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $103K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,429 - $97,674
$49K
$69K
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MEDIAN: $68,844
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$19.03 - $45.83
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MEDIAN: $30.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,429 - $97,674  
   
Bonus
$976 - $11,177  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,067  
Commission
$8,400  
Total Pay (?
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$49,386 - $103,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 973
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.03 - $45.83  
   
Overtime
$29.00 - $57.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$976 - $11,177  
   
Commission
$8,400  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,067  
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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$49,386 - $103,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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

  • 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


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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Research Associates move into roles as Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, where pay is an average $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.

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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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amgen Corporation offers the most; Senior Research Associates earn $104K on average there. Senior Research Associates will also find cushy salaries at Genentech, Inc. (+$103K), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (+$81K), and ICF International (+$72K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Gerson Lehrman Group ($57K), Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc ($71K), and ICF International ($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 55 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate

Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 444 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Research Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 395 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 274 salaries. A Senior Research Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 80 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,655

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

For Senior Research Associates, working in the bustling city of South San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cambridge (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Redwood City (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Research Associates is geography, with workers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Chicago (21 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Research Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Research Associate?

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.

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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Key Stats for Senior Research Associate

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries

▲22%

▲16%

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National Average
$71,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
▲55%



Operations Management
▲2%


National Average
$71,000

Protein Purification
▼1%









SPSS
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 5%
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