Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Women Research Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,483 - $56,972
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$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,087
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$12.46 - $23.17
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$0$56K
Salary $29,483 - $56,972
Bonus $402.68 - $4,442
Profit Sharing $1,300
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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$28,236 - $54,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 315
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.46 - $23.17
Overtime $18.31 - $37.29
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $402.68 - $4,442
Profit Sharing $1,300
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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$28,236 - $54,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 285

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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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For Research Laboratory Technicians, progressing to a Research Scientist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Research Scientist can earn $75K 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 $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

Research Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Laboratory Technician


University of Michigan (U-M) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $37K.

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Survey results imply that Research Laboratory Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Product Development and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include cell culture, Microbiology, and Chemistry. Most people experienced in Molecular Biology also know Data Analysis, Research Analysis, and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Research Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 473 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Research Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 82 salaries. A Research Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,708

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

For Research Laboratory Technicians, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Research Laboratory Technicians earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (20 percent lower) and Ann Arbor (10 percent lower).

Research Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Laboratory Technician?

Research Laboratory Technician in Cincinnati:
Pros: The field offers great opportunities to grow.
Cons: No negative thoughts about the position as of yet.

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Key Stats for Research Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲42%

▲30%

▲10%

National Average
$38,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Product Development
▲23%

Clinical Research
▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$38,000

Data Analysis
▼1%



▼3%

Safety Compliance
▼3%


DNA
▼5%

Animal Handling
▼8%

Microbiology
▼11%

Chemistry
▼11%

cell culture
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 17%
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