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Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $16.05 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Men make up a slight majority of Biological Science Laboratory Technicians (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$28,590 - $58,573
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$59K
MEDIAN: $37,504
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$11.98 - $21.26
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,590 - $58,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,379  
Total Pay (?
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$27,245 - $51,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $21.26  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $32.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,379  
   
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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$27,245 - $51,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Data Analysis command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PCR Analysis and Aseptic Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $48K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $47K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 26%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Microbiology
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 5%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%