Average Senior Research Associate Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Research Associate is $70,298.
MEDIAN $70,298
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Job Description for Senior Research Associate

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.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Research Associate are from the companies Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc. and ICF International. Reported salaries are highest at Genentech, Inc. where the average pay is $101,607. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include DuPont Pioneer and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), earning around $94,500 and $91,500, respectively. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) pays the lowest at around $64,707. ICF International and Gilead Sciences, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $75,329 and $76,420, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Research Associate

Skills in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Data Analysis and Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Research Associate

An entry-level Senior Research Associate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $61,466 based on 39 salaries. An early career Senior Research Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,644 based on 645 salaries. A mid-career Senior Research Associate with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,867 based on 683 salaries. An experienced Senior Research Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,231 based on 505 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $85,218.
Employees with Senior Research Associate in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 19.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cambridge, Massachusetts (8.0% more) and New York, New York (4.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (6.2% less) and San Diego, California (0.7% less).

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