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Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Research & Development Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.65 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Research & Development Technicians spread between $31K and $64K depending on individual performance. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Most Research & Development Technicians (66 percent) are men. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Technicians is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary (?
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$33,278 - $62,625
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MEDIAN: $44,133
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$13.83 - $25.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,278 - $62,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
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$30,830 - $63,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $25.96  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
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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$30,830 - $63,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Technician

  • 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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Professional skills reported by Research & Development Technicians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Engineering Design, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 18 percent, 14 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Experience with Data Analysis is often linked with knowledge of Product Development.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Research & Development Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. 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 $53K on average. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one in eight.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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

Test Engineering
up arrow 19%
Engineering Design
up arrow 18%
National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
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: 15%