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Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.20 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Biological Science Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Biological Science Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,808 - $53,781
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,512
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$11.82 - $20.87
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,808 - $53,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$26,716 - $50,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $20.87  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $30.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$26,716 - $50,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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, Microbiology, Data Analysis, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Aseptic Processing. Experience with Molecular Biology is often linked with 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.


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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Biological Science Laboratory Technicians who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $43K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Microbiology
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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