Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $16.13 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biological Science Laboratory Technicians. Men make up a slight majority of Biological Science Laboratory Technicians (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half.

$28,151 - $59,226
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$59K
MEDIAN: $38,194
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$11.87 - $20.81
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$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,151 - $59,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$1,267  
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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$26,406 - $50,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $20.81  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $30.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,267  
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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$26,406 - $50,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Aseptic Processing. Competency in Molecular Biology frequently indicates knowledge of PCR Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $44K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 23%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

PCR Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microbiology
up arrow 1%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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