Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

Research & Development Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.07 per hour. Total cash compensation for Research & Development Technicians runs from $31K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are more male Research & Development Technicians than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Research & Development Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,171 - $61,451

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$13.88 - $26.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,171 - $61,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,895  
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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$30,628 - $63,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $26.94  
   
Overtime
$20.84 - $41.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,895  
   
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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$30,628 - $63,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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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Research & Development Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Test Engineering, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. Those with knowledge of Data Analysis tend to be skilled in Product Development as well.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. Research & Development Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. 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 $54K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000


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

Engineering Design
up arrow 18%

Test Engineering
up arrow 17%



Project Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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