Research Associate Statistics in the US

The average employee age for research associates is 37 years. The research associate workforce reached a whopping 108,828 in 2020!

Among research associates, we discovered that 42.9% of them are women, while 45.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research associates is White, which makes up 57.5% of all research associates. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 13.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Research associates are also more likely to work at education companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, research associates are more likely to find a job in the education industry.

From where do we know all information about research associate demographics? We analyzed 49,981 research associates resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Research Associate Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as research associates. Keep reading to find out what the results for research associates were.

Research Associate Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among research associates is White, which makes up 57.5% of all research associates. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 13.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 57.5%
  • Asian, 17.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.1%
  • Black or African American, 7.0%
  • Unknown, 3.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Associates

The chart below shows that 34.2% of research associates speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.0% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 10.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 34.2%
  • French, 13.0%
  • Chinese, 10.1%
  • Mandarin, 6.6%
  • German, 5.5%
  • Other, 30.6%

Most Common Degree for Research Associate

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for research associates. The most common degree for research associates is bachelor's degree. In fact, 60% of research associates earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 19% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 11%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 60%
  • Masters degree, 19%
  • Doctorate degree, 11%
  • Associate degree, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

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Research Associate Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research associates.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Research Associate Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research associate position over time.


Research Associate Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research associates changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of research associates based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Research Associate

By looking over 49,981 research associates resumes, we figured out that the average research associate enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 39%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Associate Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research associate employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research associates is 20-30 years old, which represents 39% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Research Associates with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, senior field service technician and installer/lead technician have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Taste Tester13%78%
Feed Research Aide18%70%
Psychologist Research Assistant23%70%
Research Associate45%43%
Field Installation Technician92%5%
Installer/Lead Technician92%4%
Senior Field Service Technician92%5%
Senior Field Service Technician
Installer/Lead Technician
Field Installation Technician
Research Associate
Psychologist Research Assistant
Feed Research Aide
Taste Tester

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Associates with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research associates.

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Job Titleascdesc
Analytical Chemist7.15%
Weed Science Research Technician7.37%
Research Associate9.19%
Color Technician16.29%
Project Scientist17.71%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Research Associate?

Male Income
Female Income

Research Associate Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Research Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$56,851
High School Diploma or Less$58,316
Some College/ Associate Degree$64,722
Master's Degree$66,708
Doctorate Degree$72,043

Research Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Research Associate Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research associate can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research associates is $45,471. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Associates Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research associates earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Associates Located?

By looking through more than 49,981 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research associates are NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Number of Research Associates

Where Are Research Associates In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country research associates are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Research Associate Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research associates. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most research associates is the education industry.

What Percentage Of Research Associate Jobs Are Remote?

0.6% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.4% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research associates.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Research Associate Work In

Employees with the research associate job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research associates prefer to work at education companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research associates. Those industries include education, health care and pharmaceutical.

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Health Care


Fortune 500


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