Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

For Research & Development Technicians, hourly average wages total $19.08 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Research & Development Technicians stretch from $31K on the lower end to $63K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men account for the majority of Research & Development Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Research & Development Technicians is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,173 - $61,416
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,402
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$13.73 - $26.80
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$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,173 - $61,416  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,906  
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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$30,560 - $63,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$20.82 - $40.78  
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 - $4,906  
   
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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$30,560 - $63,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Research & Development Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Test Engineering, Data Analysis, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Research & Development Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000


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

Engineering Design
up arrow 17%

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 99 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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