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Laboratory Manager Salary

The majority of Laboratory Managers in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $100K per year, and the median is $65K annually. Overall cash earnings for Laboratory Managers stretch from $39K on the lower end to $100K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Laboratory Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,065 - $97,911
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,667
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50%
90%

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$14.47 - $36.45
(Median)
$14
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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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
$41,065 - $97,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,886  
Profit Sharing
$447.50 - $8,500  
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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$38,535 - $99,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $36.45  
   
Overtime
$11.20 - $46.65  
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 - $9,886  
   
Profit Sharing
$447.50 - $8,500  
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).
)
$38,535 - $99,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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. 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


Laboratory Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Budget Management, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Purchasing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Molecular Biology and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. On average, Laboratory Managers make $70K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Laboratory Managers, working in the bustling city of Indianapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+46 percent), Dallas (+30 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Laboratory Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 31 percent lower than the national average. Workers in San Diego and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries



Chemistry
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Project Management
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National Average
$63,000

Data Analysis
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Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
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%