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Research Associate Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$55,000
$39,000
$55,000
$78,000
Research associates in the United States make an average salary of $55,466 per year or $26.67 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $78,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Massachusetts provide the highest research associate salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Newark, NJ
$67,904
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Map of Research Associate Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Research Associate Salary By Location

While a research associate can average a salary of $55,466 per year, or $26.67 per hour, there are many opportunities for research associates to make more. For example, in Newark, NJ you might make $67,904 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Worcester, MA and Newark, DE. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Newark, NJ where the average starting salary is $41,000. The highest paying states for research associates include Alaska, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Iowa, Kansas, and Wyoming offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Newark, NJ
Newark, NJ
$67,904
$68k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$64,582
$65k
Worcester, MA
Worcester, MA
$63,184
$63k
Newark, DE
Newark, DE
$61,545
$62k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$61,200
$61k
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
$60,044
$60k
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$59,681
$60k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$59,522
$60k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$58,202
$58k
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
$57,004
$57k

High Paying Research Associate Jobs

Average Research Associate Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Integra Seating and Goldman Sachs as they offer the highest salaries for research associates.

Company
Average Salary
$153,244
$153k
$148,658
$149k
$143,425
$143k
$135,957
$136k

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Research Associate Salary History

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    Average Research Associate Pay By Industry

    Research associate salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with pharmaceutical, finance, and manufacturing companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a research associate can make a yearly salary of $75,687 while working for pharmaceutical companies. All the while, other research associates are making $73,013 at finance companies and $64,490 at manufacturing companies. One industry research associates may want to avoid is the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $46,106.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Pharmaceutical
    Pharmaceutical
    $75,687
    $76k
    Finance
    Finance
    $73,013
    $73k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $64,490
    $64k
    Technology
    Technology
    $63,915
    $64k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $56,938
    $57k
    Education
    Education
    $46,106
    $46k

    Research Associate Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a 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.

    Recently Added Research Associate Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Roger Williams University
    Roger Williams University
    Research Associate, Cycle-Roger Williams University
    Research Associate, Cycle-Roger Williams University
    Research Associate, Cycle-Roger Williams University
    Providence, RI
    Providence, RI
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $58,037
    $58,037
    10/30/2020
    Research Associate
    Research Associate
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $53,018
    $53,018
    10/30/2020
    Research Associate
    Research Associate
    Iowa City, IA
    Iowa City, IA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $42,038
    $42,038
    10/30/2020
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Research Associate 2-B/H
    Research Associate 2-B/H
    Research Associate 2-B/H
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $47,476
    $47,476
    10/30/2020
    Research Associate (Fermentation)
    Research Associate (Fermentation)
    Emeryville, CA
    Emeryville, CA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $54,262
    $54,262
    10/29/2020
    Banking Research Associate
    Banking Research Associate
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Sioux Falls, SD
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $33,392
    $33,392
    10/27/2020
    Planning and Research Associate II
    Planning and Research Associate II
    Augusta, ME
    Augusta, ME
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $40,905
    $40,905
    10/27/2020
    Research Associate 1-B/H
    Research Associate 1-B/H
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $35,103
    $35,103
    10/25/2020
    Research Associate 1-B/H
    Research Associate 1-B/H
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $35,103
    $35,103
    10/25/2020
    Research Associate
    Research Associate
    Topeka, KS
    Topeka, KS
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $43,000
    $43,000
    10/23/2020