Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.39 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biological Science Laboratory Technicians making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,991 - $56,962
$28K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,335
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50%
90%

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$12.30 - $21.54
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,991 - $56,962  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $3,575  
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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$26,390 - $49,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $21.54  
   
Overtime
$17.18 - $34.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$201.34 - $3,575  
   
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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$26,390 - $49,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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

  • Design, review, edit, and perform experimental methodologies and specific experiments.
  • Review related publications to select methods and write up findings.
  • Perform analyses and calculations to interpret results and communicate findings.
  • Maintain, test, calibrate, update, and review equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Biological Science Laboratory Technician


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Advancing into a Microbiologist role seems to be a popular career move for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Biological Science Laboratory Technicians report making only $42K on average.

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Key Stats for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲17%

Late-Career
▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

cell culture
▲8%

Microbiology
▲7%

Biotechnology
▲5%


National Average
$37,000


▼1%

Data Analysis
▼2%

DNA
▼3%

Aseptic Processing
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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