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Research Laboratory Technician Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Research Laboratory Technicians is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,209 - $53,484
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,889
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$11.94 - $22.00
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$28,209 - $53,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,587  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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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$26,691 - $52,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 637
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $22.00  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $34.78  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,587  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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).
)
$26,691 - $52,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $74K annually. 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


Research Laboratory Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microbiology, PCR Analysis, and Surgery. It is often found that people who know Molecular Biology are 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $34K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. Research Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians, 28 percent higher than the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Charlotte (+13 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (6 percent lower) and Ann Arbor (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
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National Average
$36,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
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DNA
up arrow 3%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microbiology
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 287 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%
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