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 $39K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Research Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,465 - $55,760
$28K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,661
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$12.30 - $23.67
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MEDIAN: $16.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,465 - $55,760  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $4,746  
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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$27,036 - $53,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $23.67  
   
Overtime
$17.35 - $38.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$412.17 - $4,746  
   
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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$27,036 - $53,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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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 $75K annually. A common career progression for a Research Laboratory Technician is to become a Biotechnology Research Associate or a Research and Development Lab Technician. Compared to Research Laboratory Technicians, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at University of Michigan (U-M), where the average salary comes to $37K.

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Product Development, Clinical Research, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like cell culture, Microbiology, and Chemistry. 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

Pay by Experience for a Research Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 473 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Research Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 82 salaries. A Research Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,521

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Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians, 38 percent higher than the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Research Laboratory Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Research Laboratory Technicians in Dallas bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (20 percent less) and Ann Arbor (9 percent less).

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Key Stats for Research Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲43%

▲30%

▲11%

National Average
$38,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Product Development
▲23%

Clinical Research
▲4%

▲3%

Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$38,000


Safety Compliance
▼2%


▼3%


DNA
▼4%

Animal Handling
▼8%

Chemistry
▼10%

Microbiology
▼11%

cell culture
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 16%