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Working As A Research Associate

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

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Associate Do

A Research Associate plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic. They conduct literature, collect and analyze data, and recruit and/or interview new people.

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Average Length of Employment
Research Scientist 3.8 years
Research Associate 3.0 years
Research Fellow 2.4 years
Research Scholar 1.7 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Research Volunteer 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Research Associate
Internship 12.6%
Volunteer 3.1%
Researcher 3.0%
Instructor 2.4%
Scientist 2.3%
Consultant 1.7%
Top Careers After Research Associate
Scientist 8.2%
Consultant 6.6%
Internship 5.5%
Instructor 3.6%
Associate 3.2%
Volunteer 2.9%
Director 2.6%
Manager 2.3%

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Research Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

42.0%

Female

40.8%

Unknown

17.2%
Ethnicity

White

48.2%

Asian

23.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

French

13.0%

Chinese

10.1%

Mandarin

6.6%

German

5.5%

Russian

4.3%

Japanese

3.9%

Arabic

3.7%

Italian

3.2%

Portuguese

2.9%

Hindi

2.8%

Korean

2.3%

Cantonese

2.0%

Urdu

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Hebrew

0.8%

Bengali

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Swedish

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%
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Research Associate Education

Schools

University of California - San Diego

6.9%

University of California - Davis

6.6%

New York University

6.2%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

University of California - Berkeley

5.5%

Ohio State University

5.2%

Columbia University

5.1%

University of Washington

4.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.6%

San Diego State University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%
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Majors

Biology

14.7%

Chemistry

12.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

11.0%

Business

9.1%

Finance

5.2%

Psychology

4.6%

Microbiology

4.2%

Biotechnology

3.9%

Pharmacy

3.8%

Public Health

3.5%

Economics

3.3%

Physics

3.1%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Biomedical Engineering

3.0%

Political Science

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Medicine

2.5%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.5%

Law

2.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%
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Degrees

Masters

34.6%

Bachelors

28.0%

Doctorate

24.5%

Other

8.3%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cepheid
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Research Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Associate in the United States is $61,940 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $101,000.

Real Research Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 05, 2019 $78,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 21, 2019 $76,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 07, 2019 $72,875
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 27, 2011 $65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 02, 2019 $63,000 -
$79,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2019 $62,500
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 25, 2019 $62,000 -
$79,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2015 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 10, 2018 $59,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2015 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 10, 2014 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2018 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2010 $55,000 -
$65,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2018 $55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2018 $54,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 19, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2018 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 07, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $53,000 -
$63,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2017 $53,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 04, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 29, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 02, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2018 $52,000 -
$62,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 23, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 12, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 02, 2014 $52,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 16, 2018 $52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $51,500
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2018 $51,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2015 $51,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $51,000 -
$61,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 19, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2018 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2017 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2017 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 05, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 20, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2017 $50,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 10, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 09, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 21, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 10, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 27, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 12, 2016 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 31, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 13, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 04, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2009 $50,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 18, 2016 $48,000 -
$58,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2013 $48,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2017 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2015 $47,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2017 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2016 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2015 $47,000 -
$52,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2016 $47,000 -
$50,007
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 19, 2014 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2014 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 20, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2014 $46,000 -
$56,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 02, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2014 $45,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000

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  1. Cell Culture
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Lab Equipment
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  • Experienced in cell culture techniques including basic cell culture, cloning of cell lines, and stable cell line production.
  • Performed installation, maintenance and programming for all automated laboratory equipment and processes.
  • Maintained a steady supply of experimental specimen and provided critical technical support for the operational function of lab equipment.
  • Coordinated and managed ongoing research projects associated with wetlands restoration laboratory, including student research and government and industry grants.
  • Performed technical support functions involving basic molecular and cellular biological studies of herpes virus as a gene therapy vector.

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