Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

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The average salary for a Postdoctoral Research Associate is $48,639.
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Job Description for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate Tasks
  • Design, perform, and evaluate experiments and their results.
  • Create presentations, diagrams, and graphs to convey results to funders, the public and other researchers.
  • Write up results in lab notebooks as well as for publication.
  • Maintain, inspect, and use laboratory and equipment.

Job Satisfaction for Postdoctoral Research Associate

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Postdoctoral Research Associate are from the companies Harvard University, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Reported salaries are highest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where the average pay is $54,772. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Stanford University, earning around $52,925 and $52,280, respectively. Michigan State University (MSU) pays the lowest at around $46,359. Harvard University and University of Texas (UT) - Austin also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $49,411 and $50,698, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Skills in Research Analysis, Data Analysis and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Postdoctoral Research Associate

An entry-level Postdoctoral Research Associate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,768 based on 364 salaries. An early career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,427 based on 1,427 salaries. A mid-career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,390 based on 609 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,069 based on 175 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $50,615.
Employees with Postdoctoral Research Associate in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 4.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (1.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (0.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (6.2% less), Chicago, Illinois (4.5% less) and Seattle, Washington (0.5% less).

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