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Working As a Graduate Research Assistant

  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graduate Research Assistant Do

A Graduate Research Assistant participates in all stages of a survey, such as data collection and analysis. They work with different survey instruments and large datasets using a variety of analytical techniques to prepare research reports.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Research Scholar 1.7 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Graduate Research Assistant
Internship 17.2%
Researcher 3.0%
Volunteer 2.9%
Instructor 2.0%
Tutor 1.9%
Assistant 1.2%
Teacher 1.1%
Top Careers After Graduate Research Assistant
Internship 8.3%
Instructor 4.5%
Consultant 3.5%
Scientist 2.7%
Volunteer 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
University of Nebraska Omaha
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Graduate Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graduate Research Assistant in the United States is $31,269 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

Real Graduate Research Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graduate Research Assistant University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Aug 17, 2015 $80,266
Graduate Research Assistant Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $48,000
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jul 01, 2012 $46,498
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jul 01, 2012 $46,342
Graduate Research Assistant Legacy Health System Portland, OR Jun 01, 2010 $45,142
Graduate Research Assistant Emory University WA Sep 01, 2010 $43,034
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation Cambridge, MA Jun 01, 2015 $42,000 -
$67,455
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation Cambridge, MA Jan 06, 2015 $42,000 -
$67,455
Graduate Research Assistant Peter J. Chelkowski New York, NY Oct 06, 2016 $41,860
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation MA Jun 01, 2012 $40,352
Graduate Research Assistant Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Mar 06, 2011 $39,504
Graduate Research Assistant General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jul 01, 2011 $39,486
Graduate Research Assistant Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $39,293
Graduate Research Assistant Peter J. Chelkowski New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $38,189
Graduate Research Assistant University of The Pacific Stockton, CA Jun 15, 2011 $37,044
Graduate Research Assistant University of The Pacific Pacifica, CA May 15, 2011 $37,044

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Top Skills for A Graduate Research Assistant

  1. Technical Reports
  2. Research Projects
  3. Data Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in meetings with academic as well as industry personnel, prepared technical reports, presentations and reviewed and recommended design changes
  • Developed ideas for both individual and collaborative research projects; authored and submitted corresponding grant applications to provide funding for research.
  • Provided technical assistance to five graduate and undergraduate trainees in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis, and presentation skills
  • Developed an independent research project involving design of various microbiological assays involving growth of bacteria and mammalian cell culture.
  • Graduate research involved assessing the contribution of sympathetic nervous system in long-term regulation of blood pressure and development of hypertension.

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  3. Massachusetts
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Delaware
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Graduate Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

45.9%

Female

36.9%

Unknown

17.2%
Ethnicity

White

45.2%

Asian

27.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.6%

Chinese

12.7%

French

12.3%

Mandarin

8.6%

German

5.7%

Japanese

3.6%

Hindi

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Russian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Korean

2.1%

Cantonese

1.7%

Turkish

1.1%

Carrier

1.0%

Persian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Bengali

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Graduate Research Assistant Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

8.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.0%

University of Texas at Austin

7.3%

Georgia State University

7.1%

University of Florida

5.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.5%

Purdue University

5.3%

Auburn University

4.7%

Iowa State University

4.6%

West Virginia University

4.5%

Clemson University

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.0%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

Kansas State University

3.7%

University of Georgia

3.6%

University of Oklahoma

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

12.7%

Chemistry

12.2%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Computer Science

6.8%

Civil Engineering

6.4%

Chemical Engineering

5.8%

Biomedical Engineering

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Biology

4.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.4%

Physics

4.3%

Business

4.2%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.6%

Public Health

3.5%

Psychology

2.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%

Geology

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.3%

Social Work

2.1%

Pharmacy

2.1%
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Degrees

Masters

57.2%

Doctorate

31.7%

Bachelors

6.3%

Other

3.5%

Certificate

1.0%

Associate

0.2%

Diploma

0.1%

License

0.0%
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