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Laboratory Manager Salary

The majority of Laboratory Managers in the United States — a little over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $100K per year, and the median is $65K annually. Total cash earnings of Laboratory Managers range from $38K on the low end to $100K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,976 - $97,943
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,658
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50%
90%

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$14.46 - $36.05
(Median)
$14
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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
$40,976 - $97,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,866  
Profit Sharing
$674 - $7,255  
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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$38,476 - $99,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,429
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $36.05  
   
Overtime
$11.29 - $46.56  
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 - $9,866  
   
Profit Sharing
$674 - $7,255  
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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$38,476 - $99,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295

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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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Though some Laboratory Managers move into positions like Director of Laboratory Services (where the average salary is $88K), this progression is not the norm. However, becoming a Laboratory Director or Manufacturing Lab Manager is a more frequent transition for Laboratory Managers.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Laboratory Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Budget Management, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 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. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed 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.


For many Laboratory Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Indianapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Laboratory Managers, 97 percent higher than the national average. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+51 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Laboratory Managers in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 31 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Denver (16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, 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
up arrow 3%



Purchasing
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 344 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%
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