Research Assistant Salary

The average salary for a Research Assistant in the UK is:


Job profile for a Research Assistant

RA position comprises primarily of laboratory based work. Cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology and developmental biology. Experiments might include microscope work, flow cytometry, bacterial and molecular cloning, PCR, tissue culture, animal studies, sequencing, gene expression analysis, ChIP, Chip-seq and sequencing. Other duties include, ordering, preparation of presentations/explanation of data, planning research approach, literature search/reading and contributing to the writing for research and review papers. Other skills necessary for the job: Good time management, critical thinking, slight of hand, motivation, imagination and a lot of hard work. Most RAs are required to have a PhD.

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Research Assistant Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £19,086.

The average salary in 2009 was £25,705, based on 61 respondents (a difference of 35% from the 2008 figure.

The average salary in 2010 was £25,920, based on 61 respondents (a difference of 1% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2011 was £24,571, based on 39 respondents (a difference of -5% from the 2010 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £23,376, based on 20 respondents (a difference of -5% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a Research Assistant based on all salary survey responses is: £25,000

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for Research Assistant is £12.73.

Assorted Research Assistant Salary Information

£31,300South West29-June-15
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Research Assistant Salary By UK Region

£23,604South East
£24,926South West
£19,910North West
£31,000East of England
£18,045Yorkshire and North East
£19,400Northern Ireland

With regard to age and impact on salary for a Research Assistant, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £19,092 for a worker in their 20s, £24,947 (30s), £29,529 (40s) and £29,529 (50s).
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