How much does a Research Associate make?

Updated May 5, 2021

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$57,386 /yr
Average Base Pay

29,595 salaries

$39K

Low

$57K

Average

$85K

High

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The national average salary for a Research Associate is $57,386 in United States. Filter by location to see Research Associate salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 29,595 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Research Associate employees.

Seniority Levels

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Associate Research Assistant$54,098 /yr
L3
Senior Research Assistant$52,554 /yr
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4.7

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Research Associate

$59,435

 /yr
Range: $28K - $82K
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$28K

$82K

$27,998 - $81,850 Range

University of Maryland
4.3

University of Maryland

Research Associate

$51,775

 /yr
Range: $17K - $104K

$17K

$104K

$17,384 - $103,841 Range

Case Western Reserve University
4.1

Case Western Reserve University

Research Associate

$51,033

 /yr
Range: $21K - $96K

$21K

$96K

$20,916 - $95,789 Range

University of Pittsburgh
4.2

University of Pittsburgh

Research Associate

$48,405

 /yr
Range: $20K - $325K

$20K

$325K

$20,190 - $324,628 Range

The Scripps Research Institute
4.1

The Scripps Research Institute

Research Associate

$50,240

 /yr
Range: $36K - $427K

$36K

$427K

$35,767 - $427,037 Range

Harvard University
4.4

Harvard University

Research Associate

$57,123

 /yr
Range: $32K - $140K

$32K

$140K

$31,707 - $140,458 Range

University of Minnesota
4.4

University of Minnesota

Research Associate

$50,610

 /yr
Range: $17K - $133K

$17K

$133K

$17,466 - $132,765 Range

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Northwestern University
4.3

Northwestern University

Research Associate

$48,631

 /yr
Range: $23K - $114K

$23K

$114K

$23,292 - $114,141 Range

CoStar Group
3.2

CoStar Group

Research Associate

$57,741

 /yr
Range: $21K - $77K

$21K

$77K

$20,996 - $77,074 Range

The Johns Hopkins University
4.3

The Johns Hopkins University

Research Associate

$57,976

 /yr
Range: $22K - $113K

$22K

$113K

$21,624 - $112,888 Range

University of Washington
4.3

University of Washington

Research Associate

$50,555

 /yr
Range: $21K - $104K

$21K

$104K

$20,830 - $103,843 Range

University of Pennsylvania
4.4

University of Pennsylvania

Research Associate

$54,424

 /yr
Range: $16K - $96K

$16K

$96K

$15,546 - $96,131 Range

Brookhaven National Laboratory
4.2

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Research Associate

$66,042

 /yr
Range: $24K - $93K

$24K

$93K

$23,998 - $93,347 Range

Michigan State University
4.4

Michigan State University

Research Associate

$50,202

 /yr
Range: $18K - $118K

$18K

$118K

$17,709 - $118,099 Range

University of Colorado Boulder
4.3

University of Colorado Boulder

Research Associate

$51,272

 /yr
Range: $22K - $149K

$22K

$149K

$22,340 - $148,845 Range

Genentech
4.3

Genentech

Research Associate

$92,567

 /yr
Range: $56K - $159K

$56K

$159K

$55,829 - $159,464 Range

University of Virginia
4.3

University of Virginia

Research Associate

$50,279

 /yr
Range: $19K - $86K

$19K

$86K

$19,493 - $85,579 Range

Penn State
4.3

Penn State

Research Associate

$53,083

 /yr
Range: $18K - $105K

$18K

$105K

$17,716 - $104,830 Range

Cornell University
4.5

Cornell University

Research Associate

$54,933

 /yr
Range: $23K - $293K

$23K

$293K

$23,263 - $293,087 Range

North Carolina State University
4.3

North Carolina State University

Research Associate

$48,954

 /yr
Range: $15K - $111K

$15K

$111K

$15,270 - $111,115 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Research Associate salaries

The average salary for a Research Associate is $57,386 in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 29595 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Research Associate employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Research Associate in United States is $84,521 per year.

The lowest salary for a Research Associate in United States is $38,963 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent research associate salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$25
hourly
A Research Associate in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $25 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Government
$45,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $45,000 per year
Job Highlights
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$38,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Cincinnati, OH Area area reported making $38,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Cincinnati, OH Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$70,000
per year
A Research Associate I in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $70,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$50,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Columbus, OH Area area reported making $50,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Columbus, OH Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$62,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $62,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
$55,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Chicago, IL Area area reported making $55,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Chicago, IL Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
College / University
$46,000
per year
A Research Associate in the Tallahassee, FL Area area reported making $46,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Tallahassee, FL Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
$50,000
per year
A Research Associate in the San Jose, CA Area area reported making $50,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Jose, CA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
College / University
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