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Research associate salary in United States

How much does a Research Associate make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $63,527
Low $40,351
High $100,016
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a research associate is $63,527 per year in the United States. 3.7k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Research Associates in United States

  1. Moderna
    81 reviews23 salaries reported
    $88,422per year
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Highest paying cities for Research Associates near United States

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $82,809 per year
    137 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $82,327 per year
    240 salaries reported
  3. Emeryville, CA
    $79,680 per year
    23 salaries reported
  1. Framingham, MA
    $74,613 per year
    23 salaries reported
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
    $68,616 per year
    23 salaries reported
  3. Baltimore, MD
    $66,747 per year
    28 salaries reported
  1. Seattle, WA
    $65,555 per year
    136 salaries reported
  2. Minneapolis, MN
    $56,684 per year
    40 salaries reported
  3. Columbus, OH
    $53,942 per year
    20 salaries reported
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Where can a Research Associate earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Research Associates

Most recommended license

FINRA License

(earn +65.65% more)

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 3.21% since 2018. Research Associates with this license earn +65.65% more than the average base salary, which is $63,527 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
2012203increase by 203
20132096increase by 932.51%
20142138increase by 2.00%
20151214decrease by 43.22%
2016747decrease by 38.47%
2017613decrease by 17.94%
2018498decrease by 18.76%
2019514increase by 3.21%

Top companies hiring Research Associates on Indeed

Columbia University
Tufts University
University of Miami
Northern Illinois University
Wake Forest University
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Top schools offering FINRA License

Securities Training Corporation

121 reviews
Top skills
Equity Research
Top fields of study
Economics Degree
Top certifications
Chartered Financial Analyst

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
19 jobs25
26 jobs48
14 jobs15
3 jobs3
5 jobs5
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Most common benefits for Research Associates

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Stock options
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 337 ratings

53% of Research Associates in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Research Assistant

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Average $17.63 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Research Associate

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