Research Administrator Salary

Pay for Research Administrators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Research Administrators who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Job satisfaction for Research Administrators is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,258 - $86,216
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MEDIAN: $60,446
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$16.89 - $32.23
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$0$86K
Salary $43,258 - $86,216
Bonus $0.00 - $2,068
Profit Sharing $3,500
Total Pay (?
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$40,809 - $85,469
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 267
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $16.89 - $32.23
Overtime $29.48
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,068
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$40,809 - $85,469
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 29

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Job Description for Research Administrator

Research administrators are responsible for supporting the research departments of educational institutions and non-profit organizations, among other businesses. They help their research departments to obtain funding by identifying funding sources and prepare the necessary forms and proposals to request funding, as well as disperse this funding to particular parties in need.

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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.

Research Administrator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Administrator


Popular Skills for Research Administrator


Research Administrators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Budgeting, Federal Grants, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Research Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 97 salaries. An experienced Research Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 85 salaries. A Research Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 9 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,726

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

For Research Administrators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Research Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+27 percent), Palo Alto (+26 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Research Administrators in Rochester report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (18 percent lower) and Tampa (16 percent lower).

Research Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Administrator?

Research Administrator in Boston:
Pros: 1. Every day is different and brings new challenges; 2. Casual environment; 3. Many opportunities to learn new skill sets.
Cons: Lack of uniform policies and procedures throughout the university.

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Key Stats for Research Administrator

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Administrator Salaries

▲39%

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$60,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Research Administrator Salaries

Budget Management
▲8%

Budgeting
▲7%

Federal Grants
▲6%







National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 6%
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