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Research Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Just below two-thirds of Research Laboratory Technicians report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $37K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Research Laboratory Technicians (51 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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  
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  
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 go on to top-notch roles like Research Scientist, where median pay is $73K annually. The most common next step for a Research Laboratory Technician is to become a Biotechnology Research Associate or a Research and Development Lab Technician. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician

Survey results imply that Research Laboratory Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microbiology and PCR Analysis. Most people skilled in Molecular Biology are similarly competent 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. Research Laboratory Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $54K. A fair portion of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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$35,000
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For Research Laboratory Technicians, Charlotte provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Indianapolis (+10 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Boston (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Research Analysis
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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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PCR Analysis
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Microbiology
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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%