The average salary for an Early-Career Postdoctoral Research Associate is $48,070.
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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…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Postdoctoral Research Associate
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 National Institutes of Health (NIH) where the average pay is $52,925. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, earning around $52,402 and $51,403, respectively. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) pays the lowest at around $45,781. University of Michigan (U-M) and Harvard University also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $46,589 and $49,625, 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 $46,307 based on 388 salaries. A mid-career Postdoctoral Research Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,264 based on 629 salaries. An experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,433 based on 186 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $50,615.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Postdoctoral Research Associate in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 8.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (5.6% more) and San Diego, California (2.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (4.3% less).
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