Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

Median pay for Research & Development Technicians in the United States is around $19.26 per hour. Total cash compensation to Research & Development Technicians approaches anywhere from $31K on the lower end to $64K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Research & Development Technicians are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Research & Development Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,564 - $62,924
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,350
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$13.90 - $27.91
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$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,564 - $62,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,940  
Profit Sharing
$0.24 - $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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$30,780 - $64,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $27.91  
   
Overtime
$20.73 - $41.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.24 - $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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$30,780 - $64,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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 pretty varied skill set 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 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis. Data Analysis and Product Development are also commonly seen together.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. For Research & Development Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $58K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$44,000


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

Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Test Engineering
up arrow 15%


Product Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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