Those pursuing careers as Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,567 - $56,494
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$56K
MEDIAN: $38,902
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$12.48 - $23.58
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,567 - $56,494  
   
Bonus
$486.23 - $4,873  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,502 - $54,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $23.58  
   
Overtime
$17.21 - $38.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$486.23 - $4,873  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,502 - $54,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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. 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 $3K more.

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Research Laboratory Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at University of Michigan (U-M), where the average salary comes to $32K.

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Product Development and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include cell culture, Microbiology, and Chemistry. 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.


For many Research Laboratory Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $36K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $41K. Research Laboratory Technicians bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,572

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For those looking to make money, Research Laboratory Technicians in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), Boston (+3 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Ann Arbor earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 23%

Clinical Research
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
0%

Surgery
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National Average
$38,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Biotechnology
up arrow 3%

DNA
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Chemistry
up arrow 10%

Microbiology
up arrow 11%

cell culture
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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