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Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$49,000
$37,000
$49,000
$65,000
Postdoctoral research associates in the United States make an average salary of $49,771 per year or $23.93 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $65,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Nevada, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut provide the highest postdoctoral research associate salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Newark, NJ
$61,109
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Map of Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Postdoctoral Research Associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a postdoctoral research associate is roughly $49,771 per year, which boils down to $23.93 per hour. Interestingly enough, postdoctoral research associates have the highest salaries in Los Angeles, CA at about $62,214 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Los Angeles, CA is $45,000. Additionally, postdoctoral research associates make more than the average salary in Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Tempe, AZ, Pullman, WA, and Rochester, MN. On a more broad level, postdoctoral research associate salaries are highest in Alaska, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Wyoming, and Maryland. On the contrary, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Mississippi offer the lowest postdoctoral research associate salaries.

City
Average Salary
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
$62,214
$62k
Newark, NJ
Newark, NJ
$61,109
$61k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$57,624
$58k
Tempe, AZ
Tempe, AZ
$56,749
$57k
Pullman, WA
Pullman, WA
$55,549
$56k
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
$54,234
$54k
Providence, RI
Providence, RI
$53,656
$54k
Norman, OK
Norman, OK
$52,717
$53k
Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC
$50,654
$51k
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk, VA
$50,481
$50k

High Paying Postdoctoral Research Associate Jobs

Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a postdoctoral research associate, being employed by a company such as Los Alamos National Security or Los Alamos National Laboratory would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Battelle and Millennium Pharmaceuticals also report highly competitive salaries for postdoctoral research associates.

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    Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, postdoctoral research associate salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that energy, education, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for postdoctoral research associates. For example, postdoctoral research associates make a whopping average salary of $63,075 while working for energy companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $49,904 at education companies and $48,088 at health care companies. But postdoctoral research associates may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $41,593.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Energy
    Energy
    $63,075
    $63k
    Education
    Education
    $49,904
    $50k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $48,088
    $48k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $41,593
    $42k

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a postdoctoral research associate can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $52,704
    $52,704
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    $60,000
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    $51,004
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    New York, NY
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    10/09/2020
    $87,000
    $87,000
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    Texas A&M University-Galveston
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    $36,000
    $36,000
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    Chapel Hill, NC
    Chapel Hill, NC
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    09/29/2020
    $47,476
    $47,476
    09/29/2020