Senior Research Associate Salary

Senior Research Associates in the United States can expect wages of $69K per year on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $11K each, total incomes of Senior Research Associates generally range from $47K to $104K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Women Senior Research Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Senior Research Associates is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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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$28
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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. Career advancement for the typical Senior Research Associate often leads to becoming a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate


Genentech, Inc., Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Gerson Lehrman Group, and ICF International are top-notch employers for Senior Research Associates in this area. Salary cannot be beat at Genentech, Inc., where median pay comes to $103K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $73K, and the higher end is not far away at $126K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and ICF International, where earnings of $76K, $75K, or $72K are standard for Senior Research Associates.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Gerson Lehrman Group ($59K), Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc ($71K), and ICF International ($72K).

Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate


Senior Research Associates report using a large range 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SPSS, Protein Purification, and Market Research. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. Senior Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. 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 $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,542

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

South San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Research Associates, 22 percent higher than the national average. Senior Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Cambridge (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Redwood City (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Arlington, which sits 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (14 percent lower) and Houston (12 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 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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