Over one-half of Laboratory Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $38K to $96K per year, and the average comes out to $65K per year. In the world of Laboratory Managers, overall income ranges from $38K near the bottom to $96K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Laboratory Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,136 - $97,980
$40K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $65,183
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50%
90%

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$15.23 - $36.01
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$23
$36
MEDIAN: $23.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,136 - $97,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,946  
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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$38,135 - $96,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $36.01  
   
Overtime
$13.44 - $46.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,946  
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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$38,135 - $96,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Manager


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Many Laboratory Managers move into a Laboratory Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $91K per year. The most common promotion for Laboratory Managers is Quality Assurance Manager, a position that typically pays $69K annually. Another standard transition for Laboratory Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Medical Technologist role, where pay is often $52K.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Laboratory Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Chemistry, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. 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. 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 $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Laboratory Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,420

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

Home to some of the best pay for Laboratory Managers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+41 percent), San Antonio (+26 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Laboratory Managers earning much less — 34 percent less — than the national average. Workers in San Diego and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Laboratory Manager

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
026
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Chemistry
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National Average
$62,000


Microbiology
up arrow 10%


Purchasing
up arrow 14%

Data Analysis
up arrow 38%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 39%

Order Inventory
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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