Laboratory Manager Salary (United States)

The majority of Laboratory Managers in the United States—just over a half—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $37,455 to $99,904 per year and typically amount to $62,104 per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Laboratory Managers making up 51 percent of workers. Most Laboratory Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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MEDIAN: $22.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Laboratory Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a Laboratory Director role can bring in an extra $26K per year. Becoming a Manufacturing Lab Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager is often the next step for a Laboratory Manager.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager

Survey results suggest that Laboratory Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. It is often found that people who know People Management are 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.
Laboratory Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $50K, they climb to $59K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $69,545. After two decades on the job, Laboratory Managers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $77K. Laboratory Managers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$62,000
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Laboratory Managers will find that Indianapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 99 percent. Other big spenders include Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Houston, top-paying cities where Laboratory Managers see paychecks higher than average (+39 percent, +33 percent, +20 percent, and +19 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Laboratory Managers is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 34 percent below the national average. Employers in San Diego and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-13 percent and -13 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Project Management
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$62,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 329 votes.

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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