Research & Development Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $19.36 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Research & Development Technicians (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Research & Development Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,289 - $64,236
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$64K
MEDIAN: $46,726
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$13.28 - $29.62
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MEDIAN: $19.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,289 - $64,236  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,008  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$30,611 - $66,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $29.62  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $42.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$30,611 - $66,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213

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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

  • Analyze products or schematics to detect process or material improvements for old and new products.
  • Evaluate products and packaging to determine improvements.
  • Extensively document process and materials for creation of old and new products, including quality control.

Common Career Paths for Research & Development (R&D) Technician


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At the upper end, Research & Development Technicians who move into a Senior Engineering Technician role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Engineering Technicians is a much higher $59K per year.

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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 many Research & Development Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research & Development Technicians make a median salary of $56K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

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Key Stats for Research & Development (R&D) Technician

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$45,000


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

Engineering Design
up arrow 14%

Test Engineering
up arrow 13%

Process Improvement
up arrow 12%



National Average
$45,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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