Laboratory Manager Salary

Laboratory Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $97K per year, median earnings come to $65K per year. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Managers bottoms out near $38K and approaches $97K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Managers is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,192 - $98,203
$40K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $65,237
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$15.32 - $36.26
$15
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$36
MEDIAN: $23.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,192 - $98,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,167  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $7,796  
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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$38,102 - $96,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $36.26  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $49.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,167  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $7,796  
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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$38,102 - $96,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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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Laboratory Managers don't often assume a higher-end position such as a Laboratory Director. Employees in that role get paid an average $90K per year. Going from Laboratory Manager to Quality Assurance Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $70K. Many others choose to work as Medical Technologists, where pay is typically $52K.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Laboratory Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 18 percent, and 9 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. Those familiar with People Management also tend to know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. For Laboratory Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,420

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

With a pay rate for Laboratory Managers that is 48 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+41 percent), Denver (+32 percent), Houston (+23 percent), and Detroit (+15 percent). Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. San Diego and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$62,000

▼3%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲28%

Chemistry
▲18%







National Average
$62,000


Microbiology
▼10%


Purchasing
▼14%

▼20%

Safety Compliance
▼39%

Order Inventory
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

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