Laboratory Manager Salary

Laboratory Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Laboratory Managers. Pay fluctuates from $38K to $99K per year, but expected earnings average $65K per year. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Managers bottoms out near $38K and approaches $99K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (50 percent) who responded to the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,501 - $97,950

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$14.45 - $35.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,501 - $97,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,889  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $7,149  
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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$38,010 - $99,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,564
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $35.63  
   
Overtime
$11.20 - $46.99  
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 - $9,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $7,149  
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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$38,010 - $99,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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 often transition into Laboratory Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Laboratory Directors earn $88K per year. It is not uncommon for a Laboratory Manager to continue on to become a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey results imply that Laboratory Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Technical Analysis, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Purchasing, Molecular Biology, and Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Operations Management also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Manager

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


Laboratory Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. Laboratory Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Laboratory Managers will find that Indianapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 95 percent. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+48 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Laboratory Manager's salary, with Pittsburgh Laboratory Managers earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Denver (16 percent lower and 12 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%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$63,000


Data Analysis
up arrow 10%


Purchasing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 334 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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