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How Much Does a Senior Research Associate Earn In The United States?

Senior Research Associate Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
$43,000
$63,000
$90,000
Did you know that the average senior research associate makes $63,072 per year? That's valued at $30.32 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $43,000 and $90,000, meaning senior research associates have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most senior research associates find a job with health care and education companies, while others work for pharmaceutical, health care, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are the top states in the U.S. to pay senior research associates the highest salaries.
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Where Senior Research Associates Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where senior research associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Senior Research Associates Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for senior research associates. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Utah, Florida, and Arkansas.
Location
City
Average Salary

Boston, MA

Salary Range68k - 109k$87k$86,938

Redwood City, CA

Salary Range67k - 103k$83k$83,370

Seattle, WA

Salary Range64k - 96k$79k$78,754

Washington, DC

Salary Range60k - 96k$77k$76,551

New York, NY

Salary Range58k - 94k$75k$74,562

Providence, RI

Salary Range52k - 83k$66k$66,060

Durham, NC

Salary Range52k - 82k$66k$66,029

Boulder, CO

Salary Range52k - 78k$64k$64,118

Arlington, VA

Salary Range50k - 80k$64k$64,009

Cleveland, OH

Salary Range49k - 78k$62k$61,939
$37k
$109k

High Paying Senior Research Associate Jobs

Which Companies Pay Senior Research Associates The Most?

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 Evercore and Foreign Policy as they offer the highest salaries for senior research associates.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Evercore
Salary Range116k - 171k$141k$140,999
Foreign Policy
Salary Range108k - 157k$131k$130,857
AllianceBernstein
Salary Range106k - 142k$123k$123,064
Urban Institute
Salary Range101k - 147k$123k$122,790
American Association for Cancer ...
Salary Range98k - 147k$120k$120,177
Walmart
Salary Range109k - 131k$120k$119,798
Credit Suisse
Salary Range101k - 130k$115k$114,872
R B C CAPITAL MARKET
Salary Range96k - 133k$114k$113,584
MSCI
Salary Range94k - 121k$107k$107,069
Gerson Lehrman Group
Salary Range89k - 120k$104k$104,183
$73k
$171k

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Senior Research Associate Salary History

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    How Much Do Senior Research Associates Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, senior research associate salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that pharmaceutical, health care, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for senior research associates. For example, senior research associates make a whopping average salary of $81,443 while working for pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $78,480 at health care companies and $73,274 at manufacturing companies. But senior research associates may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $59,961.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Pharmaceutical

    Salary Range70k - 94k$81k$81,443

    Health Care

    Salary Range64k - 95k$78k$78,480

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range64k - 82k$73k$73,274

    Finance

    Salary Range51k - 84k$66k$65,560

    Education

    Salary Range48k - 74k$60k$59,961
    $48k
    $95k

    Recently Added Senior Research Associate Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Senior Research Associate
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    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $60,415
    $60,415
    01/29/2021
    Texas A&M University-Galveston
    Texas A&M University-Galveston
    Senior Research Associate
    Senior Research Associate
    Senior Research Associate
    Galveston, TX
    Galveston, TX
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $38,338
    $38,338
    01/29/2021
    NSI Senior Research Associate-Hypersonics
    NSI Senior Research Associate-Hypersonics
    Boulder, CO
    Boulder, CO
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $110,000
    $110,000
    01/27/2021
    NSI Senior Research Associate-Hypersonics
    NSI Senior Research Associate-Hypersonics
    Boulder, CO
    Boulder, CO
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $110,000
    $110,000
    01/27/2021
    Senior Research Associate
    Senior Research Associate
    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    01/13/2021
    01/13/2021
    $53,300
    $53,300
    01/13/2021
    University of Denver
    University of Denver
    Research Associate or Senior Research Associate I, Butler Institute for Families
    Research Associate or Senior Research Associate I, Butler Institute for Families
    Research Associate or Senior Research Associate I, Butler Institute for Families
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/11/2021
    01/11/2021
    $72,000
    $72,000
    01/11/2021
    Colorado State University
    Colorado State University
    Research Associates I, II, III, IV and Senior-Open Pool
    Research Associates I, II, III, IV and Senior-Open Pool
    Research Associates I, II, III, IV and Senior-Open Pool
    Fort Collins, CO
    Fort Collins, CO
    01/05/2021
    01/05/2021
    $30,000
    $30,000
    01/05/2021
    Senior Research Associate
    Senior Research Associate
    Mount Pleasant, MI
    Mount Pleasant, MI
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $35,479
    $35,479
    12/31/2020
    Senior Research Associate
    Senior Research Associate
    Beaverton, OR
    Beaverton, OR
    12/29/2020
    12/29/2020
    $53,301
    $53,301
    12/29/2020
    Senior Research Associate, Data Governance
    Senior Research Associate, Data Governance
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    12/19/2020
    12/19/2020
    $60,415
    $60,415
    12/19/2020