Research Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

About two-thirds of Research Laboratory Technicians are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $35,151 per year. Compensation ranges from $25,835 on the low end to $51,559 per year on the high end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Women Research Laboratory Technicians just slightly outnumber men in the field. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Research Laboratory Technicians who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Research Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$27,462 - $52,165
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MEDIAN: $36,612
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Research Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$11.53 - $21.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,462 - $52,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$25,835 - $51,559  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $21.47  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $33.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$25,835 - $51,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 564
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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 enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Research Scientist can offer an extra $38K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. The most common next step for Research Laboratory Technicians is moving into roles as Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development (R&D) Lab Technicians, where they can expect an extra $12,982 or $5,421 per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician

Research Laboratory Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Biotechnology, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microbiology and PCR Analysis. Most people familiar with Molecular Biology also know 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.
Pay for Research Laboratory Technicians increases steadily with experience. Salaries can reach $39K from $33K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $45K after one to two decades. Research Laboratory Technicians experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$35,000
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Charlotte is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians, 15 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Indianapolis, Houston, and San Diego, where Research Laboratory Technicians annually earn 13 percent, 10 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (-4 percent) and Boston (-3 percent).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Surgery
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Biotechnology
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Data Analysis
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$35,000
Molecular Biology
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DNA
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PCR Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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