Senior Research Associate Salary

Average Senior Research Associates in the United States make around $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. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,992 - $97,869
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$98K
MEDIAN: $69,143
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$19.85 - $48.65
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$20
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,992 - $97,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,607  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $12,164  
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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$46,829 - $103,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,207
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.85 - $48.65  
   
Overtime
$28.11 - $54.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,607  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $12,164  
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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$46,829 - $103,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Research Associates sometimes become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists, where the average income is $98K per year. Senior Research Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Research Scientists or Biotechnology Research Scientists. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Dominating the field, Amgen Corporation, Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Research Associates. Salary cannot be beat at Genentech, Inc., where median pay comes to $103K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $80K, and the higher end is not far away at $123K.

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis, Proposal Writing, and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Statistical Analysis. 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.


Senior Research Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. Senior Research Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $84K.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+18 percent), Cambridge (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Rockville (+8 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (14 percent lower) and Chicago (10 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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 61%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 13%


Client Interaction
up arrow 6%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Market Research
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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