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Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

The average Research & Development Technician in the United States earns approximately $19.07 per hour. Cash earnings for Research & Development Technicians — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $64K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Research & Development Technicians who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research & Development Technicians. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,015 - $62,591
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,937
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$13.87 - $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
$33,015 - $62,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
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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$31,045 - $64,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $26.79  
   
Overtime
$21.01 - $41.34  
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 - $4,989  
   
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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$31,045 - $64,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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 takers who work as Research & Development Technicians report a focused set of job 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 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis. Data Analysis and Product Development are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research & Development Technicians make a median salary of $55K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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

Engineering Design
up arrow 16%

Test Engineering
up arrow 15%



National Average
$44,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%