Laboratory Manager Salary

With over one-half of Laboratory Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $39K to $99K per year and averages out to $65K annually. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Managers approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $99K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most Laboratory Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,134 - $98,213
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,734
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$14.54 - $35.63
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,134 - $98,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,916  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $6,831  
Commission
$1,200  
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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$38,730 - $99,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,829
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $35.63  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $47.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,916  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $6,831  
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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$38,730 - $99,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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Job Description for Laboratory Manager

Laboratory managers oversee the day-to-day operations of laboratories. They develop procedures and maintain quality standards for specific lab procedures. Laboratory managers work in a variety of settings from universities to medical facilities to pharmaceutical corporations, and they must work well with project teams. Laboratory managers also work in the manufacturing industry, primarily in research and development. They typically work in laboratories during regular business hours.

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Laboratory Manager Tasks

  • Assist with experiments and procedures.
  • Inventory, stock, audit and organize supplies and chemicals.
  • Train, supervise, and mentor laboratory assistants, students and technicians.
  • Oversee laboratory safety policies, training, and enforcement.

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Manager


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Laboratory Managers who move on to become Laboratory Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Laboratory Directors get paid an average of $90K per year. It is not unusual for a Laboratory Manager to become a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Chemistry, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Purchasing, Data Analysis, and Microbiology. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in Operations Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Manager

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


For Laboratory Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. For Laboratory Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Laboratory Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

24%

20%

17%

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12%

8%

-5%

-13%

-17%

National Average: $62,561

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Laboratory Managers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Indianapolis (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Denver (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries



Chemistry
up arrow 7%




People Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$63,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%


Microbiology
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%

Purchasing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 369 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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