Research Assistant, Medical Salary

Medical Research Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $37K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Female Medical Research Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,875 - $51,451
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$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,332
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$12.09 - $21.64
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$0$51K
Salary $29,875 - $51,451
Bonus $349 - $3,109
Total Pay (?
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$28,295 - $50,450
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 453
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.09 - $21.64
Overtime $12.84 - $33.44
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $349 - $3,109
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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$28,295 - $50,450
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 259

Job Description for Research Assistant, Medical

Medical research assistants generally work underneath principal researchers or investigators. They often work on teams of researchers and assistants who are learning more about a topic or intending to prove a hypothesis, and may be responsible for gathering data from various sources. Data entry of gathered information is usually performed by the assistant, so it is important to have strong computer, typing, and ten-key skills and experience with database and spreadsheet software. Record-keeping and filing skills are also important, as the research assistant must keep comprehensive files and reports.

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Research Assistant, Medical Tasks

  • May obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.

Common Career Paths for Research Assistant, Medical


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While not commonly seen, Medical Research Assistants who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $84K per year. It is quite typical for Medical Research Assistants to transition into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Biotechnology Research Associates, where reported median earnings are $5K and $12K higher per year.

Research Assistant, Medical Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Assistant, Medical


Dominating the field, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Stanford University, and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Medical Research Assistants. Those at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $49K. Medical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Stanford University (+$49K), The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (+$44K), and Johns Hopkins University (+$36K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Children's Hospital, Boston ($34K), Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) ($35K), and Johns Hopkins University ($36K).

Popular Skills for Research Assistant, Medical


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Collection, Clinical Research, Research Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Neuroscience, Data Entry, and Phlebotomy. For most people, competency in Clinical Research indicates knowledge of Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Assistant, Medical

Pay by Experience for a Research Assistant, Medical has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Assistant, Medical with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 498 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Assistant, Medical with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Research Assistant, Medical which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 39 salaries. A Research Assistant, Medical with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,709

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

With a pay rate for Medical Research Assistants that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+26 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Cleveland (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Research Assistant, Medical Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Assistant, Medical?

Research Assistant, Medical in Glendale:
"Good work."
Pros: Get to help people.
Cons: Understaffed haphazard schedule lackbof resources.

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Key Stats for Research Assistant, Medical

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

▲39%

▲24%

▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Research Assistant, Medical Salaries

Data Collection
▲4%


National Average
$37,000



Data Analysis
▼2%

▼7%

▼8%

Phlebotomy
▼8%

Neuroscience
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 21%