Laboratory Manager Salary

With more than half of Laboratory Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Laboratory Managers is $64K per year and can range from $38K on the lower end to $100K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Laboratory Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $38K and $100K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Laboratory Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men working as Laboratory Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,390 - $97,991
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,497
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$14.42 - $35.75
(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
$40,390 - $97,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,934  
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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$37,741 - $99,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $47.03  
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 - $9,934  
   
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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$37,741 - $99,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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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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Advancing into a Laboratory Director role seems to be a popular career move for Laboratory Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $88K per year. A Laboratory Manager may also move into a role as a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Budget Management, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Purchasing, Molecular Biology, and Data Analysis. Most people who know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Laboratory Managers in Indianapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 95 percent above the national average. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+53 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 31 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in San Diego and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries




Chemistry
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Project Management
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National Average
$62,000


Data Analysis
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Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 337 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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