Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Pay for Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States is very modest at just $38K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Research Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Research Laboratory Technicians making up 50 percent of survey respondents. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,017 - $53,648
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,890
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$11.99 - $22.27
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,017 - $53,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,117  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,826  
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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$26,636 - $52,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $22.27  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $36.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,117  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,826  
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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$26,636 - $52,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 572
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Job Description for Research Laboratory Technician

Research laboratory technicians are responsible for completing laboratory tasks that pertain to research efforts. In addition, they conduct behavioral studies and find additional information relevant to their work. These technicians order supplies, assist in creating schedules, follow strict safety protocols, and wear protective accessories to avoid accidents. Their main responsibilities also include organizing files and adhering to laboratory procedures. Additionally, research laboratory technicians help create written materials that explain results and progress of their studies/projects, accurately log findings, and maintain the integrity and safety of the experiment area. Research laboratory technicians also analyze variables, and provide conclusions based on careful observation. They conduct routine tests, and provide regular maintenance for laboratory equipment. Generally, research laboratory technicians report their progress to the research laboratory team leader in their department.

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Research Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.
  • May assist with research analysis.
  • Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.

Common Career Paths for Research Laboratory Technician


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Research Laboratory Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Research Scientist. The average Research Scientist brings home $74K per year. Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development Lab Technicians are common next-step roles for Research Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Biotechnology Research Associates is $12K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Research and Development Lab Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Survey results imply that Research Laboratory Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microbiology, cell culture, and PCR Analysis. Those proficient in Molecular Biology are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis, Research Analysis, and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Laboratory Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Research Laboratory Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $40K. Research Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Ann Arbor and 5 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
0%

Biotechnology
0%

National Average
$36,000

Data Analysis
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

DNA
up arrow 4%

cell culture
up arrow 7%

Microbiology
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%
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