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Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

The average Research & Development Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.30 per hour. Total cash compensation for Research & Development Technicians runs from $31K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,243 - $61,614
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,601
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$13.80 - $26.79
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$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,243 - $61,614  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$30,726 - $63,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $26.79  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $40.77  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$30,726 - $63,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275

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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Technician

Research & development (R&D) technicians work within the development and research efforts of their organization and are in charge conducting research on a variety of topics and writing extensive reports based on their results.

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Research & Development (R&D) Technician Tasks

  • Extensively document process and materials for creation of old and new products, including quality control.
  • Evaluate products and packaging to determine improvements.
  • Analyze products or schematics to detect process or material improvements for old and new products.

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Survey results show that Research & Development Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Test Engineering, Product Development, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. Employees educated in Data Analysis are typically practiced in Product Development, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Research & Development (R&D) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Research & Development Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Research & Development Technicians see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Research & Development Technicians 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 $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 16%

Test Engineering
up arrow 16%



Project Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$44,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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