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Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Laboratory Technicians. Women make up a slight majority of Research Laboratory Technicians (51 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$27,753 - $52,347
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MEDIAN: $37,130
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$11.49 - $21.78
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,753 - $52,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,106  
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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$26,003 - $51,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $21.78  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $34.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,106  
   
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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$26,003 - $51,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 552
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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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At the upper end, Research Laboratory Technicians who move into a Research Scientist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Research Scientists is $74K per year. Career advancement for the typical Research Laboratory Technician often leads to becoming a Biotechnology Research Associate or a Research and Development Lab Technician; median salaries in these positions are $13K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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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 Biotechnology, Research Analysis, Surgery, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microbiology and PCR Analysis. Those familiar with Molecular Biology also tend to 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.


Research Laboratory Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $33K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $39K. Research Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Research Laboratory Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


Research Laboratory Technicians will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+9 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Philadelphia and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
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Surgery
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$35,000

Molecular Biology
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DNA
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Microbiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 336 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
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%