$70,069
Avg. Salary
$30.24
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,999

Bonus

$4,848

Profit Sharing

$8,400

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Research Associate is $30.24 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Research Associate is $70,069 per year.

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MEDIAN $70,069
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$0$103K
Salary $50,229 - $97,739
Bonus $993 - $10,407
Profit Sharing $592 - $10,137
Commission $8,400
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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$50,158 - $103,082
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,827
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $20.41 - $47.63
Overtime $30.80 - $61.44
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $993 - $10,407
Commission $8,400
Profit Sharing $592 - $10,137
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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$50,158 - $103,082
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 125

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.

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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.

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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Research Associate


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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.

Senior Research Associate Job Listings

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

National Average: $72,158

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

Senior Research Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Research Associate?

Senior Research Associate in Thousand Oaks:
"Great Company with Passionate Employees."
Pros: I love the people I work with. They are happy to share what they are working on and explain their process. Most people are very laid back and easy to work with.
Cons: The temp I trained got hired on and is making more than me; yet, I am still given more responsibilities.

Senior Research Associate in Washington:
"Energetic; surrounded by smart, driven people."
Pros: Tons of young professionals, lots to do after work, vibrant social life, free museums / activities
Cons: Pretentious people at times, high cost of living, little nature

Senior Research Associate in Carlsbad:
"Nice Weather."
Pros: short commute, coastal, decent amount of diversions and things to do
Cons: the particular place I'm employed at, its pretty WASP conservative

Senior Research Associate in Cleveland:
Pros: Friendly casual work environment.
Cons: Compensation, no retirement, no 401k match.

Senior Research Associate in East Boston:
"Great."
Pros: I am able to entertain my curiosities for the benefit of the company.
Cons: There can be a lack of set direction.

Senior Research Associate in Mankato:
"This is a pretty damn good job."
Pros: Competitive pay, stress-free working environment (during non-busy times of the year), a fair number of holidays.
Cons: It is a 'peaks and troughs' job. The busy times are INSANELY busy, and the slow times are VERY slow.

Senior Research Associate in Austin:
"Not the worst place to work."
Pros: -Early responsibility/ability to take on your own projects. -Young office vibe.
Cons: -Management within my department is a mess. -Difficult to find route to promotion. -Low team morale. -Office vibe is too young, would like access to more senior professionals.

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Key Stats for Senior Research Associate

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 299 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Senior Research Associate Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

National Average
$72,000

▼2%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Research Associate Salaries

Financial Analysis
▲52%



Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$72,000


Protein Purification
▼3%









SPSS
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 299 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%