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 per year. Total incomes of Research Laboratory Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $27K and $53K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Research Laboratory Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Research Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,807 - $54,483
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,693
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$12.38 - $22.35
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,807 - $54,483  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,305  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$27,318 - $52,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $22.35  
   
Overtime
$17.23 - $36.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,305  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$27,318 - $52,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 586
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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 who go on to become Research Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research Scientists is $74K annually. It is quite typical for Research Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development Lab Technicians, where reported median earnings are $12K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Research Analysis, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microbiology, cell culture, and PCR Analysis. The majority of those who know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,792

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians, 24 percent higher than the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+7 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Cincinnati (+3 percent), and Boston (+2 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Philadelphia and Baltimore (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
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Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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PCR Analysis
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DNA
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cell culture
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Microbiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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