Research Laboratory Technician Salary
|Salary||$28,489 - $55,783|
|Bonus||$482.88 - $4,820|
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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).)
|$27,207 - $53,744|
|Hourly Rate||$12.37 - $23.46|
|Overtime||$17.24 - $38.41|
|Bonus||$482.88 - $4,820|
|Total Pay (||$27,207 - $53,744|
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.Read More...
These professionals must be problem solvers, able to multitask effectively, and able work under pressure given specific deadlines in their environment. They use a personal computer to make calculations, and enter data, and so they must be proficient with basic computer software, which includes email to communicate with superiors and other teams in their organization. Research laboratory technicians must have advanced knowledge of methods for collecting information and work well with other technicians. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position, with some positions preferring a postsecondary degree as well. Previous experience in a similar research capacity may also be preferred.
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
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.
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
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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