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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

  • $38,459

    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 Scientist 3.8 years
Research Biologist 3.7 years
Research Chemist 3.7 years
Doctoral Student 3.5 years
PHD Researcher 3.3 years
Research Manager 3.2 years
Research Engineer 2.9 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.3 years
Research Writer 2.1 years
Research Leader 2.1 years
Research Assistant 2.0 years
Research Analyst 2.0 years
Research Professor 1.9 years
Research Affiliate 1.9 years
Researcher 1.5 years
Research Scholar 1.4 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Volunteer 0.9 years
Research Trainee 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 25.1%
Volunteer 8.6%
Tutor 4.1%
Researcher 2.8%
Assistant 2.2%
Instructor 2.1%
Cashier 2.1%
President 2.0%
Teacher 1.9%
Top Employers After
Internship 15.7%
Volunteer 5.6%
Fellow 3.8%
Instructor 3.4%
Consultant 3.2%
Tutor 3.1%
Researcher 2.9%
Teacher 2.2%

Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

46.8%

Male

42.2%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Asian

24.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

French

12.2%

Chinese

10.9%

Mandarin

9.0%

German

4.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Japanese

3.3%

Hindi

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.6%

Portuguese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.2%

Urdu

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Turkish

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Polish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.5%
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Research Assistant Education

Schools

Iowa State University

6.6%

University of Florida

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Michigan State University

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Purdue University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Cornell University

5.0%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

Boston University

5.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.4%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.0%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.9%
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Majors

Psychology

13.3%

Biology

10.6%

Chemistry

8.6%

Mechanical Engineering

8.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Computer Science

5.6%

Chemical Engineering

5.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.4%

Business

4.2%

Law

3.9%

Physics

3.7%

Biomedical Engineering

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Public Health

3.1%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Political Science

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Economics

2.8%

Geology

2.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

34.8%

Doctorate

17.4%

Other

7.2%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.0%
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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 Dec 10, 2015 $87,901
Research Navigator Assistant Oregon Health & Science University Santa Ana, CA Oct 12, 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 Wayne State University Detroit, MI Jan 02, 2016 $41,870
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 The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Mar 21, 2015 $41,740
Research Assistant The University of Memphis Memphis, TN Nov 15, 2015 $41,740
Research Assistant Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN) New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Research Assistant

LabEquipmentLaboratoryEquipmentResearchProjectCellCultureUndergraduateDataCollectionDataAnalysisDNASpssDataEntryProteinRt-PcrLiteratureReviewsSynthesisStatisticalAnalysisChemistryMolecularBiologyResearchStudyPsychologyAdvisor

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Top Research Assistant Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Research Project
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain the accuracy of the Lab Log: ensuring that lab equipment sign in and out sheet is accurate and updated.
  • Involved in hands on application of optical tweezers along with fabrication and repair of laboratory equipment
  • Conduct research projects to support Committee briefings, investigations, and hearings.
  • Experience in multiple types of assays, immunoassays, cell culture, weighing, dialysis, and nitrocellulose blotting
  • Peer mentored other undergraduate students in designing and performing research experiments

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