Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States is around $16.23 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men make up a slight majority of Biological Science Laboratory Technicians (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,996 - $56,626
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,205
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$11.95 - $20.72
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$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,996 - $56,626  
   
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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$26,684 - $50,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $20.72  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $29.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$26,684 - $50,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Data Analysis, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Aseptic Processing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $46K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 4%

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
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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