Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

The average Postdoctoral Research Associate in the United States earns approximately $47K per year. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Postdoctoral Research Associates is high. A large number enjoy medical while about one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. More than half of Postdoctoral Research Associates (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,555 - $65,047
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $47,163
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$13.57 - $36.34
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$0$66K
Salary $36,555 - $65,047
Bonus $0.00 - $8,217
Profit Sharing $2,500
Total Pay (?
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$36,683 - $66,337
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,605
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $13.57 - $36.34
Overtime $32.04
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,217
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$36,683 - $66,337
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

Job Description for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral research associates generally assist tenured professors and/or senior researchers and work in a university environment or laboratory, though they also work independently. They often assist principal investigators in performing experimental investigations; on behalf of principal investigators, they may provide guidance to laboratory technicians and/or support staff. They may need to utilize recording devices or use statistical procedures for research relevant to their assigned field, and are also required to review quality control of various laboratory techniques.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Though not the most common occurrence, Postdoctoral Research Associates sometimes become Principal Scientists, where the average income is $123K per year. Postdoctoral Research Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Research Scientists or Assistant Professors. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Postdoctoral Research Associates include Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Ohio State University (OSU), and University of Texas (UT) - Austin. Pay for Postdoctoral Research Associates is best at Stanford University, which offers a median salary of $54K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $49K to $63K. Also paying near the top of the field are National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $50K, University of Washington (UW) at $49K, and University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where Postdoctoral Research Associates annually earn $48K.

Indiana University (IU), Bloomington offers the least pay with a median salary of $39K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $56K. Also approaching the lower end are Ohio State University (OSU) at $41K, University of Arizona at $43K, and University of Pennsylvania at $43K.

Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate


Postdoctoral Research Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Machine Learning, Matlab, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.

Pay by Experience Level for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Pay by Experience for a Postdoctoral Research Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Postdoctoral Research Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,482 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Postdoctoral 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 $48,000 based on 480 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 128 salaries. A Postdoctoral 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 $49,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,274

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

For Postdoctoral Research Associates, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Postdoctoral Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+8 percent), Berkeley (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (6 percent less) and Austin (5 percent less).

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Key Stats for Postdoctoral Research Associate

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

▲5%

Late-Career
▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries


Machine Learning
▲6%

▲2%



National Average
$47,000


▼2%


▼3%

Data Analysis
▼4%



▼5%


Chemistry
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 17%