Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

An average Biological Science Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.17 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Biological Science Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent.

$27,732 - $57,794

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$12.01 - $20.64

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,732 - $57,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$26,661 - $50,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $20.64  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $28.81  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $1,965  
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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$26,661 - $50,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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 Microbiology, Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Aseptic Processing. Those with knowledge of Molecular Biology tend to be skilled in 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.


Biological Science Laboratory Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $41K. On average, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Biological Science Laboratory Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
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Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$36,000

PCR Analysis
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Aseptic Processing
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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