Senior Research Associate Salary
Senior Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $69K per year. Incomes of Senior Research Associates vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $11K cause paychecks to spread between $50K on the low end and $103K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Female Senior Research Associates are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Research Associates are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$49,458 - $98,814|
|Bonus||$900 - $10,852|
|Profit Sharing||$507 - $10,850|
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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).)
|$49,594 - $103,840|
|Hourly Rate||$20.40 - $47.32|
|Overtime||$29.48 - $68.79|
|Bonus||$900 - $10,852|
|Profit Sharing||$507 - $10,850|
|Total Pay (||$49,594 - $103,840|
Job Description for Senior Research Associate
Senior research associates are often employed by medical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, scientific laboratories, and major universities. As a senior research associate, an individual performs a number of duties to support various business and scientific objectives. Day-to-day responsibilities could include clinical research or testing while adhering to strict quality control standards, working closely with other scientists and researchers to develop new scientific methods and procedures, collecting and summarizing data, executing experiments, writing detailed technical reports, creating and maintaining computerized spreadsheets and documentation, and managing, training, and mentoring other team members.Read More...
A well qualified candidate would possess a strong and varied skill set including exceptional writing, organization, analysis, and research abilities, effective communication skills, and the ability to work successfully under minimal supervision. Many senior research associates are required to operate complex laboratory equipment and robotics platforms; they also must be familiar with computer-based biology tools and methods.
These positions are typically indoors in a laboratory environment and require long periods of standing, as well as prolonged use of a keyboard and the physical dexterity necessary to operate delicate lab equipment. Generally, research associates work full time, on-site, and work standard business hours with the possibility of overtime.
With this senior position, a successful candidate typically needs either a bachelor's or master's degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a similar discipline, as well of several years' research experience in a related field. Depending on their intended field, research associates often are required to have professional certifications such the SOCRA (Society Of Clinical Research Associates) certification. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Senior Research Associate Tasks
- Research, prepare, and conduct data collection activities.
- Act as the point-of-contact and represent the company's expertise in specialized research.
- Design quality assurance measures and report on any findings.
- Develop, implement, and monitor research projects using advanced statistical analysis and modeling techniques.
Common Career Paths for Senior Research Associate
It's not very common for Senior Research Associates to move on to become Biotechnology Senior Research Scientists. Average pay for a Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist is $99K annually. Career advancement for the typical Senior Research Associate often leads to becoming a Research Scientist or a Biotechnology Research Scientist; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $3K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Research Associate
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Research Associates include Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., ICF International, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and Amgen Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amgen Corporation offers the most; Senior Research Associates earn $104K on average there. Genentech, Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., and ICF International are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Research Associates earning around $103K, $81K, or $72K at each firm, respectively.
Gerson Lehrman Group, Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, and ICF International also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $57K, $71K, and $72K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate
Survey takers working as Senior Research Associates report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Financial Analysis and Biotechnology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SPSS, Market Research, and Client Interaction. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Technical Writing.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate
Pay by Experience for a Senior Research Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Research Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 444 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Research Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 395 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 274 salaries. A Senior Research Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 80 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Senior Research Associates, busy South San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+17 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Redwood City (+9 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Research Associates in Philadelphia earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Chicago (21 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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