Average Postdoctoral Research Associate with Molecular Biology Skills Salary

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The average salary for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Molecular Biology skills is $46,953.
MEDIAN $46,953
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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 National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Chicago and University of Colorado - Denver. Reported salaries are highest at Columbia University where the average pay is $55,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include University of Colorado - Denver and Stanford University, earning around $53,742 and $51,883, respectively. Harvard University pays the lowest at around $42,500. University of Texas (UT) - Austin and University of Chicago also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $47,000 and $48,075, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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 $44,930 based on 81 salaries. An early career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,017 based on 307 salaries. A mid-career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,208 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,832 based on 51 salaries.
Employees with Postdoctoral Research Associate in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 9.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (8.1% more) and San Francisco, California (5.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (4.1% less), Boston, Massachusetts (2.9% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.3% less).

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