Laboratory Manager Salary (United States)

Laboratory Managers with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Laboratory Managers in the United States. Salaries average out to around $62,104 per year and spread from $37,455 to $99,904 per year. Overall cash earnings for Laboratory Managers stretch from $40,669 on the lower end to $97,849 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $9,901 from bonuses and $9,863 from profit sharing. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 51 percent. Most Laboratory Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$40,669 - $97,849
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MEDIAN: $63,664
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Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$14.31 - $37.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,669 - $97,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
Profit Sharing
$705 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$37,455 - $99,904  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.31 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $48.61  
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$705 - $9,863  
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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$37,455 - $99,904  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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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For Laboratory Managers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Laboratory Director will earn an extra $26K annually than those further down the career ladder. A Laboratory Manager often moves on to become a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager

Laboratory Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Technical Analysis, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Purchasing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Molecular Biology and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know People Management also 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.
For Laboratory Managers, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $50K to $59K. Earnings total $69,545 after one to two decades. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Laboratory Managers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $77K annually. The largest number of Laboratory Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$62,000
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For Laboratory Managers, busy Indianapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 99 percent above the national average. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), Dallas (+33 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh Laboratory Managers have considerably lower salaries, 34 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Denver (-13 percent and -13 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

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$62,000

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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