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The average salary for a Research Administrator is $61,953.
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What Do Research Administrators Do?

Research Administrator Tasks
  • Assist the principle investigator with compiling, formatting, and finalizing project proposals to submit to grant programs.
  • Keep the principle investigator updated on grant information, help interpret grant requirements and policies, and ensure timely submission of paperwork.
  • Oversee the administration and budgeting of research grant funds, and ensure compliance with grant conditions and regulations.

Job Satisfaction for Research Administrator

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The top respondents for the job title Research Administrator are from the companies Children's Hospital, Boston, University of Florida (UF) and Emory University. Reported salaries are highest at Stanford University where the average pay is $71,757. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Emory University and Children's Hospital, Boston, earning around $68,550 and $61,000, respectively. Rhode Island Hospital pays the lowest at around $53,414. University of Florida (UF) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $54,936 and $58,958, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Research Administrators?

Skills in Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel and Grant Management.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Research Administrators?

An entry-level Research Administrator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,738 based on 22 salaries. An early career Research Administrator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,871 based on 198 salaries. A mid-career Research Administrator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,419 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Research Administrator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,373 based on 125 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $80,000.
Employees with Research Administrator in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 6.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (5.6% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (1.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Providence, Rhode Island (16.4% less), Gainesville, Florida (11.0% less) and San Diego, California (3.2% less).

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