Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

The average Biological Science Laboratory Technician in the United States earns approximately $16.14 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Biological Science Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biological Science Laboratory Technicians making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,869 - $57,117
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,571
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$11.99 - $21.16
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$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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Salary
$28,869 - $57,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $1,625  
Total Pay (?
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$27,026 - $50,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $21.16  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $30.64  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $1,625  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,026 - $50,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195

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Job Description for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Biological science laboratory technicians can perform a wide range of tasks depending on the type of biological laboratory in which they are employed. A botany lab, for example, will require that the laboratory technician properly care for and manage the plants being studied at the laboratory. The laboratory technician would be responsible for planting seeds, watering plants, maintaining their health and aiding in their reproduction if necessary. The technician would also perform experiments on the plants to fulfill the purposes and studies of the laboratory.

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Biological Science Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Perform analyses and calculations to interpret results and communicate findings.
  • Maintain, test, calibrate, update, and review equipment and supplies.
  • Design, review, edit, and perform experimental methodologies and specific experiments.
  • Review related publications to select methods and write up findings.

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Biological Science Laboratory Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Molecular Biology, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, PCR Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Aseptic Processing. It is not unusual for someone who knows Molecular Biology to be familiar with PCR Analysis as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. On average, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $46K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

Microbiology
up arrow 2%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%