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Working as a Postdoc Research Associate

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a postdoc research associate. For example, did you know that they make an average of $25.34 an hour? That's $52,697 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 8% and produce 10,600 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Postdoc Research Associate Do

There are certain skills that many postdoc research associates have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed observation skills, critical-thinking skills and communication skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a postdoc research associate, we found that a lot of resumes listed 22.3% of postdoc research associates included phd, while 6.9% of resumes included mouse model, and 6.7% of resumes included cell culture. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the postdoc research associate job title. But what industry to start with? Most postdoc research associates actually find jobs in the education and health care industries.

How To Become a Postdoc Research Associate

If you're interested in becoming a postdoc research associate, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 3.4% of postdoc research associates have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 6.3% of postdoc research associates have master's degrees. Even though most postdoc research associates have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a postdoc research associate. In fact, many postdoc research associate jobs require experience in a role such as research assistant. Meanwhile, many postdoc research associates also have previous career experience in roles such as teaching assistant or graduate research assistant.

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Average Salary$52,697
Job Growth Rate8%

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Average Salary for a Postdoc Research Associate

Postdoc Research Associates in America make an average salary of $52,697 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $69,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $39,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,697

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Berkeley, CA
Salary Range63k - 106k$83k$82,604
Piscataway, NJ
Salary Range59k - 100k$77k$77,417
Pittsburgh, PA
Salary Range55k - 94k$72k$72,225
New York, NY
Salary Range48k - 81k$62k$62,409
Tucson, AZ
Salary Range48k - 78k$62k$61,621
Charlottesville, VA
Salary Range46k - 77k$60k$60,046
$27k
$106k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Postdoc Associate
Postdoc Associate
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder
11/18/2020
11/18/2020
$53,00011/18/2020
$53,000
Postdoc Associate
Postdoc Associate
University of Colorado
University of Colorado
11/17/2020
11/17/2020
$53,00011/17/2020
$53,000
Summer Research Postdoc
Summer Research Postdoc
Research Foundation Cuny
Research Foundation Cuny
07/19/2020
07/19/2020
$104,35007/19/2020
$104,350
Postdoc Research Associate
Postdoc Research Associate
UNC Department of Public Safety
UNC Department of Public Safety
01/17/2020
01/17/2020
$50,00401/17/2020
$50,004
Postdoc Research Associate
Postdoc Research Associate
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University
01/09/2020
01/09/2020
$50,00001/09/2020
$50,000
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Postdoc Research Associate Demographics

Gender

unknown

66.8 %

male

24.5 %

female

8.7 %

Ethnicity

White

57.6 %

Asian

30.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

5.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

46.2 %

Japanese

15.4 %

Mandarin

15.4 %
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Postdoc Research Associate Education

Majors

Chemistry
24.8 %
Physics
9.2 %

Degrees

Doctorate

89.8 %

Masters

6.3 %

Bachelors

3.4 %

Top Colleges for Postdoc Research Associates

1. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

3. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

4. University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$13,226
Enrollment
31,568

5. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

6. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

7. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

8. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

9. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

10. University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

In-State Tuition
$13,700
Enrollment
29,722
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Top Skills For a Postdoc Research Associate

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 22.3% of postdoc research associates listed phd on their resume, but soft skills such as observation skills and critical-thinking skills are important as well.

Best States For a Postdoc Research Associate

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a postdoc research associate. The best states for people in this position are Delaware, Connecticut, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. Postdoc research associates make the most in Delaware with an average salary of $86,726. Whereas in Connecticut and Alaska, they would average $83,234 and $82,049, respectively. While postdoc research associates would only make an average of $80,601 in Pennsylvania, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Alaska

Total Postdoc Research Associate Jobs:
22
Highest 10% Earn:
$114,000
Location Quotient:
1.48
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Delaware

Total Postdoc Research Associate Jobs:
26
Highest 10% Earn:
$140,000
Location Quotient:
0.98
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. New Jersey

Total Postdoc Research Associate Jobs:
405
Highest 10% Earn:
$126,000
Location Quotient:
1.61
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Postdoc Research Associate Employers

1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$63,228
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
32+
2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$47,155
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
30+
3. North Carolina Central University
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$41,896
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
17+
4. Washington State University
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$43,583
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
12+
5. Washington University in St. Louis
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$47,388
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
11+
6. Los Alamos National Laboratory
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$54,891
Postdoc Research Associates Hired: 
7+

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Updated October 2, 2020