Research Laboratory Technician Salary

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. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Research Laboratory Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Research Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,489 - $55,783
$28K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,716
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$12.37 - $23.46
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MEDIAN: $16.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,489 - $55,783  
   
Bonus
$482.88 - $4,820  
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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$27,207 - $53,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $23.46  
   
Overtime
$17.24 - $38.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$482.88 - $4,820  
   
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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$27,207 - $53,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 345

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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

  • Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.
  • May assist with research analysis.
  • Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.

Common Career Paths for Research Laboratory Technician


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Research Laboratory Technicians who transition into a Research Scientist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $74K per year. Research Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development Lab Technicians. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Laboratory Technician


University of Michigan (U-M) offers the largest salaries in town — $37K on average.

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians report using a large range of 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 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include cell culture, Microbiology, and Chemistry. 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.


Research Laboratory Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. For Research Laboratory Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,406

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Research Laboratory Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 8 percent. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+5 percent) and San Diego (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Research Laboratory Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Salt Lake City and 9 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Research Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 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%

▲10%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Product Development
▲24%

Clinical Research
▲4%

Surgery
▲1%

Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


▼2%

Safety Compliance
▼2%



DNA
▼4%

Animal Handling
▼8%

Chemistry
▼10%

Microbiology
▼11%

cell culture
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

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: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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