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

Research & Development (R&D) Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $18.65 per hour. Compensation starts at $13.83 per hour and can reach $25.96. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $5,028 from bonuses and more than $9,933 from profit sharing—stretch from around $33,278 to approximately $62,625. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary (?
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$33,278 - $62,625
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,133
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Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary (?
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$13.83 - $25.96
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 (?
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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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 (R&D) Technicians, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $46K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $51K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Research & Development (R&D) Technicians at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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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%
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