The majority of Laboratory Managers in the United States — over one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $98K per year, and the median is $66K annually. Total incomes of Laboratory Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $98K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Managers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Laboratory Managers (54 percent) survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,678 - $98,451
(Median)
$41K
$66K
$98K
MEDIAN: $65,861
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$15.33 - $35.49
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,678 - $98,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,022  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,500  
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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$38,582 - $97,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $35.49  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $46.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,500  
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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$38,582 - $97,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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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 who move on to become Laboratory Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Laboratory Directors get paid an average of $90K per year. More often than not, a Medical Technologist role is the next step for Laboratory Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Medical Technologists is usually $52K. Many Laboratory Managers choose to take on a Quality Assurance Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $69K.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Regulatory Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Budget Management and Operations Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 27 percent. Those listing Data Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Production Management and Purchasing also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with People Management also tend to 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 many Laboratory Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $61K. Laboratory Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,820

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Laboratory Managers, 54 percent above the national average. Laboratory Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+27 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Laboratory Managers in Ann Arbor report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 33 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Pittsburgh and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Chemistry
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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National Average
$63,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%


Microbiology
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Purchasing
up arrow 15%

Production Management
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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