Updated August 18, 2021
Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary
$48,000 yearly
$23.46 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$48,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
75th Percentile
$56,000
$4,667
$27
Average
$48,790
$4,066
$23
25th Percentile
$42,000
$3,500
$20
10th Percentile
$37,000
$3,083
$18

Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary By State

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Postdoctoral Research Associate average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$40,916
$19.67
Alaska
$67,531
$32.47
Arizona
$58,220
$27.99
Arkansas
$54,850
$26.37
California
$62,234
$29.92
Colorado
$43,216
$20.78
Connecticut
$58,579
$28.16
Delaware
$54,880
$26.38
District of Columbia
$46,432
$22.32
Florida
$48,799
$23.46
Georgia
$38,739
$18.62
Hawaii
$54,153
$26.04
Idaho
$50,383
$24.22
Illinois
$43,747
$21.03
Indiana
$43,276
$20.81
Iowa
$43,629
$20.98
Kansas
$42,114
$20.25
Kentucky
$49,358
$23.73
Louisiana
$40,928
$19.68
Maine
$51,028
$24.53
Maryland
$60,775
$29.22
Massachusetts
$46,608
$22.41
Michigan
$37,600
$18.08
Minnesota
$54,244
$26.08
Mississippi
$38,173
$18.35
Missouri
$33,724
$16.21
Montana
$46,529
$22.37
Nebraska
$39,450
$18.97
Nevada
$70,144
$33.72
New Hampshire
$52,075
$25.04
New Jersey
$61,016
$29.33
New Mexico
$49,682
$23.89
New York
$48,110
$23.13
North Carolina
$48,914
$23.52
North Dakota
$39,507
$18.99
Ohio
$41,838
$20.11
Oklahoma
$50,605
$24.33
Oregon
$49,561
$23.83
Pennsylvania
$57,699
$27.74
Rhode Island
$55,499
$26.68
South Carolina
$41,506
$19.95
South Dakota
$46,335
$22.28
Tennessee
$46,874
$22.54
Texas
$40,913
$19.67
Utah
$41,127
$19.77
Vermont
$39,482
$18.98
Virginia
$50,679
$24.36
Washington
$56,935
$27.37
West Virginia
$33,801
$16.25
Wisconsin
$43,214
$20.78
Wyoming
$44,600
$21.44

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Highest Paying Cities For Postdoctoral Research Associate

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Los Angeles, CA
$61,549
$29.59
Philadelphia, PA
$58,350
$28.05
Tempe, AZ
$58,310
$28.03
Richland, WA
$56,166
$27.00
Providence, RI
$55,428
$26.65
Rochester, MN
$54,100
$26.01

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How much does a Postdoctoral Research Associate make?

  • The average postdoctoral research associate makes $48,790 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a postdoctoral research associate is $23.46.
  • The average entry-level postdoctoral research associate salary is $37,000.
  • Highest paying states for postdoctoral research associate are Nevada ($70,144), Alaska ($67,531), California ($70,144) and New Jersey ($70,144).
  • Highest paying cities for postdoctoral research associate are Los Angeles, CA ($61,549), Philadelphia, PA, Tempe, AZ, Richland, WA and Providence, RI.
  • Postdoctoral research associates on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $56,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $42,000
  • Industries with the highest postdoctoral research associate salaries are energy, health care and education.

Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $48,800
    $23.46
    +3.2%
    2020
    $47,200
    $22.70
    +1.9%
    2019
    $46,300
    $22.27
    -2.1%
    2018
    $47,300
    $22.75
    +2.8%
    2017
    $46,000
    $22.11
    +0.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Staff Scientist

    Avg. salary: $85,089

    The primary role of a Staff Scientist is to develop and manage scientific research projects with minimal supervision. They are also responsible for the technical and budgetary aspects of scientific research projects.
    84,833 Staff Scientist Jobs
    Scientist

    Avg. salary: $97,259

    A scientist is responsible for researching and analyzing the nature and complexities of the physical world to identify discoveries that would improve people's lives and ignite scientific knowledge for society. Scientists' duties differ in their different areas of expertise, but all of them must have a broad comprehension of scientific disciplines and methods to support their experiments and investigations. They collect the sample for their research, record findings, create research proposals, and release publications. A scientist must know how to utilize laboratory equipment to support the study and drive results efficiently and accurately.
    59,196 Scientist Jobs
    Chemist

    Avg. salary: $60,376

    Chemists are generally responsible for observing and investigating chemical substances to create new and safe compounds essential for practical applications. They are often grouped depending on a particular area of specialization to focus and understand the complexities of the matter. A chemist usually takes time performing research and conducting experiments to test and further improve the quality and usage of a specific chemical substance. Chemists are expected to write on their observations and findings to establish scientific results.
    13,387 Chemist Jobs
    Research Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $38,338

    Research laboratory technicians play a vital role in scientific laboratories. They perform varied duties and responsibilities, which include setting up, operating, and maintaining the laboratory equipment, assisting in laboratory-based research activities such as sampling, testing, and analyzing results, and providing technical support to the laboratory team members. In addition, they are expected to support the development and advancement of science and modern medicine. Other typical duties of research laboratory technicians include preparing samples and specimens, keeping abreast with current technical developments, and ensuring strict compliance with safety procedures.
    85,903 Research Laboratory Technician Jobs
    Research And Development Scientist

    Avg. salary: $84,493

    A research and development scientist specializes in conducting scientific studies and experiments to develop new products and technologies. They usually work at laboratories where they are in charge of conducting research and assessments, coming up with new ideas, performing tests, streamlining product requirements and guidelines, collaborating with fellow experts, utilizing previous studies and advanced software, and maintaining records of all procedures. Additionally, as a research and development scientist, it is essential to conduct reviews and assessments to ensure products adhere to safety standards and regulations.
    113,712 Research And Development Scientist Jobs
    Research Fellow

    Avg. salary: $49,120

    A research fellow is an academic researcher who conducts research and analysis of comprehensive literature, data, and results and provides literature reviews. He/She supervises research assistants and recruits study participants to interview them for a particular study. To become a research fellow, a candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline and publish peer-reviewed papers. Also, a research fellow can be an independent investigator or be supervised by a principal investigator.
    54,983 Research Fellow Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Staff Scientist
    $85,089
    $7,091
    $40.91
    84,833
    Scientist
    $97,260
    $8,105
    $46.76
    59,196
    Chemist
    $60,376
    $5,031
    $29.03
    13,387
    Research Laboratory Technician
    $38,338
    $3,195
    $18.43
    85,903
    Research And Development Scientist
    $84,494
    $7,041
    $40.62
    113,712
    Research Fellow
    $49,120
    $4,093
    $23.62
    54,983
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.

    Which Companies Pay Postdoctoral Research Associates The Most?

    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 National Radio Astronomy Observatory would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Los Alamos National Laboratory and Millennium Pharmaceuticals also report highly competitive salaries for postdoctoral research associates.
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    Recently Added Postdoctoral Research Associate Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Postdoctoral Research Associate-Quantum
    Postdoctoral Research Associate-Quantum
    Amherst, MA
    08/30/2021
    $68,000
    08/30/2021
    Texas A&M University
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    College Station, TX
    08/29/2021
    $50,000
    08/29/2021
    University of Utah
    Postdoctoral Research Associate In Clinical Informatics
    Postdoctoral Research Associate In Clinical Informatics
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/28/2021
    $46,000
    08/28/2021
    West Texas A&M University
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Canyon, TX
    08/26/2021
    $41,465
    08/26/2021
    Georgia State University
    Postdoctoral Research Associate (AC)
    Postdoctoral Research Associate (AC)
    Atlanta, GA
    08/25/2021
    $47,476
    08/25/2021
    University of Virginia
    Post Doctoral Research Associate
    Post Doctoral Research Associate
    Charlottesville, VA
    08/23/2021
    $60,000
    08/23/2021
    University of Southern California
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/14/2021
    $62,000
    08/14/2021
    University of Tennessee
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
    Knoxville, TN
    08/10/2021
    $36,000
    08/10/2021
    Rice University
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Houston, TX
    08/04/2021
    $48,000
    08/04/2021
    International Association for Great Lakes Research
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    East Lansing, MI
    07/30/2021
    $56,650
    07/30/2021

    Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary by Demographic

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $50,509
    female-income
    Female Income
    $49,998
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$50,509
    Female$49,998
    Median Postdoctoral Research Associate Income by Race
    Black or african american postdoctoral research associates have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino postdoctoral research associates have the lowest average salary at $49,455.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$50,092
    Black or African American$50,791
    Asian$50,288
    Hispanic or Latino$49,455
    Average Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary by Education Level
    Postdoctoral research associates with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $51,045 annually. With a Masters degree, postdoctoral research associates earn a median annual income of $49,998 compared to $47,785 for postdoctoral research associates with an Bachelors degree.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$49,998
    Bachelor's Degree$47,785
    Doctorate Degree$51,045