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Working As a Research Assistant

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

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Assistant Do

A Research Assistant helps carry out a particular research agenda. They are generally found in the social science or laboratory setting.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Assistant 2.0 years
Research Scholar 1.7 years
Researcher 1.5 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Research Trainee 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Assistant
Internship 25.3%
Volunteer 10.0%
Tutor 4.5%
Assistant 2.9%
Cashier 2.9%
Researcher 2.7%
President 2.1%
Instructor 2.0%
Server 2.0%
Teacher 1.9%
Top Careers After Research Assistant
Internship 17.4%
Volunteer 7.1%
Tutor 3.9%
Instructor 3.4%
Consultant 3.3%
Researcher 3.1%
Assistant 2.4%
Teacher 2.3%
Fellow 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Moody's
Highest Paying City
New Brunswick, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Assistant in the United States is $45,269 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

Real Research Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Assistant Reading Health System West Reading, PA Jan 07, 2016 $190,000
Research Assistant Reading Health System West Reading, PA Jun 24, 2016 $190,000
Orthodontist Research Assistant House of Orthodontia, PLLC New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $187,830
Research Assistant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 06, 2016 $132,000
Associate Director for Research/Assistant In Research General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Apr 01, 2015 $112,200
Assistant In Research General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Sep 03, 2015 $110,000
Research Assistant Analysis & Design Application Co., Ltd. Provo, UT Feb 02, 2015 $100,000
Life Science Research Assistant 3 Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Nov 30, 2016 $95,222 -
$100,276
Research Assistant Spectrum Operations LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 16, 2015 $93,790
Research Associate (Assistant Professor) In Epigenetics The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2015 $92,700
Research Navigator Assistant Oregon Health & Science University Santa Ana, CA Oct 12, 2015 $87,901
Research Navigator Assistant Oregon Health & Science University Santa Ana, CA Dec 10, 2015 $87,901
Research Assistant Wayne State University Detroit, MI Jan 12, 2015 $47,980
Research Assistant II The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Houston, TX Nov 19, 2016 $47,897
Research Assistant II Memorial Hermann Health System Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $47,840
Research Assistant Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA Aug 24, 2015 $47,740
Research Assistant II The Salk Institute for Biological Studies San Diego, CA Jan 03, 2016 $47,711
Research Assistant Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH May 20, 2016 $47,590
Research Assistant University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK Jun 29, 2015 $41,803
Research Assistant II The Salk Institute for Biological Studies San Diego, CA Jan 01, 2015 $41,753
Research Assistant Crime Prevention Research Center Swarthmore, PA Jun 01, 2015 $41,740
Research Assistant Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN) New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $41,740
Research Assistant The University of Memphis Memphis, TN Nov 15, 2015 $41,740
Research Assistant The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Mar 21, 2015 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Research Assistant

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Research Projects
  3. Data Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated repairs and maintenance of lab equipment; collaborated with external field service engineers when necessary.
  • Worked independently on a variety of research projects for clients including Vietnam veterans, university professors, and international companies.
  • Conducted data analysis using Microsoft Office and SPSS to contribute to published research concerned with correlating gait kinematics with psychological emotions.
  • Coupled with extensive experience teaching general and pathogenic microbiology, developed a broad background in mammalian and bacterial cell culture.
  • Core personnel in a social and behavioral science research lab responsible for data collection and coding behavioral data for statistical analysis.

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Top 10 Best States for Research Assistants

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  2. District of Columbia
  3. West Virginia
  4. Rhode Island
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Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

44.2%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

17.1%
Ethnicity

White

49.7%

Asian

22.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

French

12.2%

Chinese

10.5%

Mandarin

8.8%

German

4.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Japanese

3.3%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Italian

2.6%

Hindi

2.5%

Portuguese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Hebrew

1.0%

Turkish

0.7%

Greek

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Persian

0.5%
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Research Assistant Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.2%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

Texas A&M University

5.4%

New York University

5.2%

Michigan State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.1%

University of Southern California

4.9%

University of Washington

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

Columbia University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Boston University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

University of California - Davis

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%
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Majors

Psychology

14.7%

Biology

10.9%

Chemistry

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

7.6%

Computer Science

5.6%

Law

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Chemical Engineering

4.9%

Business

4.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.4%

Biomedical Engineering

3.4%

Physics

3.3%

Public Health

3.3%

Political Science

3.1%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Economics

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Environmental Science

2.7%

Nursing

2.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

33.1%

Doctorate

15.9%

Other

7.5%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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