Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

For Biological Science Laboratory Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.13 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Biological Science Laboratory Technicians. Male Biological Science Laboratory Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field.

$28,151 - $59,226
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$59K
MEDIAN: $38,194
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$11.87 - $20.81
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,151 - $59,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$1,267  
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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$26,406 - $50,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $20.81  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $30.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,267  
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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$26,406 - $50,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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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Survey results suggest that Biological Science Laboratory Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Biological Science Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. For some reason, Biological Science Laboratory Technicians with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $44K.

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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 23%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
0%

PCR Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microbiology
up arrow 1%

Aseptic Processing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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