Research & Development (R&D) Technician Salary

The average Research & Development Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.02 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Research & Development Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $63K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Research & Development Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Research & Development Technicians are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,114 - $61,451
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,317
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$13.75 - $26.73
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,114 - $61,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,885  
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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$30,492 - $63,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $26.73  
   
Overtime
$20.80 - $40.82  
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 - $4,885  
   
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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$30,492 - $63,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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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Survey results suggest that Research & Development Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Test Engineering, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis. It is not unusual for someone who knows Data Analysis to be familiar with Product Development as well.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research & Development Technicians make a median salary of $53K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

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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 7%

National Average
$43,000


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

Engineering Design
up arrow 18%

Test Engineering
up arrow 18%



Project Management
up arrow 6%

National Average
$43,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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