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Laboratory Manager Salary (United States)

Laboratory Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K annually on average but can range from $38K to $100K per year. Overall cash earnings of Laboratory Managers stretch from $38K near the bottom to $100K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men working as Laboratory Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Women make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (50 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Laboratory Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$41,362 - $97,827
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MEDIAN: $64,537
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Laboratory Manager Salary (?
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$14.41 - $37.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,362 - $97,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,896  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $9,826  
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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$38,296 - $100,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $37.52  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $47.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,896  
   
Profit Sharing
$695 - $9,826  
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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$38,296 - $100,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Laboratory Director. The average pay for a Laboratory Director is $88K annually. It is not unusual for a Laboratory Manager to become a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager

Laboratory Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Technical Analysis, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 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 proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Laboratory Managers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, 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 $70K. 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 $77K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
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Surpassing the national average by 97 percent, Laboratory Managers in Indianapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+48 percent), Dallas (+32 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (16 percent less) and Denver (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

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$63,000

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 332 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%