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Laboratory Manager Salary (United States)

More than half of Laboratory Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $100K per year, but standard earnings come to around $64K per year. Overall cash earnings for Laboratory Managers vary widely between $37K and $100K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (51 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Laboratory Managers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$40,669 - $97,849
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MEDIAN: $63,664
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Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$14.31 - $37.50
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,669 - $97,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
Profit Sharing
$705 - $9,863  
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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$37,455 - $99,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.31 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $48.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$705 - $9,863  
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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$37,455 - $99,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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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More often than not, Laboratory Managers take top-notch roles like Laboratory Director. Pay for that position is typically $88K annually. Becoming a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager is often the next step for a Laboratory Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Technical Analysis, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Purchasing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Molecular Biology and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Laboratory Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $76K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Laboratory Managers typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$62,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Laboratory Managers, Indianapolis offers exceptional salaries, 99 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Houston, top-paying cities where Laboratory Managers see paychecks higher than average (+39 percent, +33 percent, +20 percent, and +19 percent). Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 34 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego and Denver (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$62,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%