Laboratory Manager Salary

The majority of Laboratory Managers in the United States — slightly more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $100K per year, and the median is $65K annually. Total cash earnings of Laboratory Managers range from $38K on the low end to $100K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,416 - $98,020
(Median)
$40K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,701
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$14.39 - $35.69
(Median)
$14
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,416 - $98,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,918  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $7,179  
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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$37,801 - $99,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $35.69  
   
Overtime
$11.20 - $46.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $7,179  
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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$37,801 - $99,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Technical Analysis, Operations Management, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Purchasing, Molecular Biology, and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Laboratory Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Laboratory Managers that is 95 percent greater than the national average, Indianapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+50 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), and Boston (+17 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (16 percent lower) and Denver (12 percent lower).

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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 7%


Purchasing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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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