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Working As A Biology Research Assistant

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Biology Research Assistant does

  • Created GIS layers and maps.
  • Extracted DNA from plant samples as part of a collaborative sequencing project.
  • Perform data entry in a conscientious manner.
  • Implemented the use of PCR and Gel Electrophoresis.
  • Tested and analyzed water samples for E. coli contamination for government.
  • Ordered chemicals, laboratory equipment and supplies for the science summer research programs.
  • Maintained and implemented computer programs/ spreadsheets; found new programs as and when needed.
  • Managed data collection and entry.
  • Initiated the use of the Internet for gathering primary literature.
  • Performed laboratory skills such as western blot, qRT-PCR, and T-cell sorting
  • Attended conferences to broaden knowledge.
  • Learned polymerase chain reaction technique.
  • Assisted graduate students with all aspects of research projects
  • Research Assistant, University of Iowa, Department of Biology,
  • Worked with several teams on Chemistry and Microbiology research.
  • Quantify target protein from cell culture harvest.
  • Transferred seeds to plates for root growth observation.
  • Perform various research technician duties from animal care to analyzing data.
  • Run PCR's and Agarose Gel Solutions.
  • Performed molecular and genetic laboratory procedures.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Research Scholar 1.7 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Biology Research Assistant
Internship 12.8%
Volunteer 11.1%
Researcher 3.5%
Cashier 3.3%
Tutor 3.2%
Assistant 2.8%
Server 2.0%
Top Careers After Biology Research Assistant
Internship 9.4%
Volunteer 6.3%
Tutor 3.2%
Scientist 2.9%
Server 2.6%
Researcher 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
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Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Highest Paying City
Miami, FL
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Biology Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Biology Research Assistant in the United States is $48,534 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $81,000.

Real Biology Research Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Researcher, Biologic Medicine Joan Fleischman Md PC New York, NY Sep 12, 2014 $150,264
Biological Research Assistant 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 12, 2009 $80,092
Biological Research Assistant 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 20, 2009 $78,521
Research Assistant/Molecular Biology & Biochemistr Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Jan 15, 2010 $74,253
Biological Research Assistant 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 20, 2009 $74,006
Biological Researcher Genscript USA Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 02, 2014 $70,000
Biological Research Assistant 3-V Biosciences, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 20, 2009 $67,359
Senior Computational Biology Research Assistant The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2012 $65,000
Biological Researcher Lab Express, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Sep 25, 2014 $60,570
Biological Researcher Integrated Statistics, Inc. Milford, CT Sep 16, 2015 $59,626
Biological Research Assistant Biotronics Corp. DBA Biotronics Technologies Corp. Lowell, MA Dec 02, 2010 $58,822
Biology Researcher Immunotrex Biologics Inc. Tyngsborough, MA Jan 16, 2013 $56,349
Biological Researcher Integrated Statistics, Inc. Woods Hole, MA Aug 18, 2015 $56,349
Research Assistant/Chemical Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Sep 05, 2010 $43,760
Research Assistant Cy/Chemistry & Chemical Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Aug 01, 2013 $41,616
Assistant Researcher In Biology University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus San Juan, PR Dec 31, 2012 $41,196
Research Assistant/Chemistry and Chemical Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Feb 01, 2013 $40,600
Research Assistant/Chemistry & Chemical Biology/Ia Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ May 31, 2011 $40,465
Research Assistant/Plant Biology and Pathology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ Sep 01, 2010 $40,430
Research Assistant/Chemistry and Chemical Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Jan 01, 2013 $40,276
Biological Research Assistant Fundaconciencia Inc. Miami, FL Jun 30, 2015 $37,566
Research Assistant/Chemistry & Chemical Biology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Piscataway, NJ Sep 01, 2009 $37,121
Research Assistant/Plant Biology and Pathology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ Dec 01, 2009 $37,121
Research Assistant 2-Biological/Health Science The Ohio State University Wooster, OH Dec 01, 2012 $35,505
Biology Research Assistant Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH Sep 01, 2011 $35,004

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Top Skills for A Biology Research Assistant

  1. Cell Culture
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Lab Notebook
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  • Performed cell culture with proper sterile technique and various assays on numerous cell lines
  • Assembled graphs/presentations of data collected and operated lab equipment such as imaging machines and fluorescent imaging machines.
  • Recorded results in lab notebook for reporting to lab supervisor.
  • Analyzed DNA-marker data, constructed linkage maps, and analyzed QTL Maps for each lettuce variety to observe marker-trait associations.
  • Project included culturing own cells, designing/carrying out experiment, analysis using staining and ImageJ, RT-PCR using own primer design

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Georgia
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Minnesota
  7. Massachusetts
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Biology Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

50.1%

Male

36.8%

Unknown

13.1%
Ethnicity

White

53.7%

Asian

17.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

French

6.6%

Chinese

5.4%

Russian

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Mandarin

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Hindi

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Yoruba

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Telugu

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%
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Biology Research Assistant Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

7.9%

Drexel University

7.4%

George Washington University

6.5%

Temple University

6.0%

University of California - Berkeley

5.6%

Brigham Young University

5.1%

Johns Hopkins University

5.1%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.1%

University of the Sciences

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.6%

University of California - Davis

4.6%

New York University

4.2%

Wayne State University

4.2%

University of California - Riverside

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%
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Majors

Biology

44.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

10.3%

Biotechnology

4.0%

Environmental Science

3.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.6%

Chemistry

3.5%

Psychology

3.1%

Biomedical Engineering

2.8%

Microbiology

2.6%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Medicine

2.4%

Neuroscience

2.1%

Public Health

2.0%

Biomedical Sciences

2.0%

Business

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.7%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.1%

Masters

25.2%

Doctorate

11.1%

Other

8.8%

Certificate

1.6%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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