Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.25 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Biological Science Laboratory Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,035 - $57,474
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MEDIAN: $39,316
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$12.32 - $21.45
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,035 - $57,474  
   
Bonus
$199.33 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$1,277  
Total Pay (?
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$26,526 - $50,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $21.45  
   
Overtime
$15.78 - $33.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$199.33 - $4,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,277  
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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$26,526 - $50,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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 who move on to become Microbiologists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Microbiologists get paid an average of $45K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. On average, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 6%

Microbiology
up arrow 5%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

DNA
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Aseptic Processing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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