Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

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The average salary for a Postdoctoral Research Associate is $48,320.
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$39k - $68k

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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.
The top respondents for the job title Postdoctoral Research Associate are from the companies Harvard University, Stanford University and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Reported salaries are highest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where the average pay is $52,402. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include University of Washington (UW) and Stanford University, earning around $52,347 and $52,280, respectively. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) pays the lowest at around $44,219. Harvard University and National Institutes of Health (NIH) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $49,271 and $50,167, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Postdoctoral Research Associate. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Research Scientist
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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 $46,307 based on 858 salaries. An early career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,070 based on 1,614 salaries. A mid-career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,264 based on 659 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,433 based on 181 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 6.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (2.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (1.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (7.6% less), Chicago, Illinois (3.9% less) and San Diego, California (0.1% less).

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