Laboratory Manager Salary

Laboratory Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K per year on average but can range from $39K to $99K per year. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Managers bottoms out near $39K and approaches $99K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Laboratory Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,134 - $98,213
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,734
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90%

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$14.54 - $35.63
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,134 - $98,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,916  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $6,831  
Commission
$1,200  
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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$38,730 - $99,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,829
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $35.63  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $47.33  
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 - $9,916  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $6,831  
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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$38,730 - $99,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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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Many Laboratory Managers move into a Laboratory Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $90K per year. Becoming a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager is a common transition from a Laboratory Manager role.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey results imply that Laboratory Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Chemistry, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Purchasing, Data Analysis, and Microbiology. For most people, competency in People Management indicates knowledge of 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Laboratory Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. Laboratory Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $76K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

24%

20%

17%

17%

12%

8%

-5%

-13%

-17%

National Average: $62,561

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Laboratory Managers, 51 percent higher than the national average. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Indianapolis (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers pay around 17 percent less in San Diego and 13 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%

National Average
$63,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%


Microbiology
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%

Purchasing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 369 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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