Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Research Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Male Research Laboratory Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,219 - $53,998
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,122
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$12.12 - $22.31
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,219 - $53,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,127  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,826  
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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$26,902 - $52,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $22.31  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $36.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,826  
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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$26,902 - $52,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
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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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For Research Laboratory Technicians, progressing to a Research Scientist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Research Scientist can earn $74K annually. A common career progression for a Research Laboratory Technician is to become a Biotechnology Research Associate or a Research and Development Lab Technician. Compared to Research Laboratory Technicians, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Survey results suggest that Research Laboratory Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microbiology, cell culture, and PCR Analysis. Those proficient in Molecular Biology are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Research Laboratory Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $40K. On average, Research Laboratory Technicians make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Research Laboratory Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Research Laboratory Technicians in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and New York (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
0%

Biotechnology
0%

National Average
$36,000

Data Analysis
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Surgery
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

DNA
up arrow 4%

cell culture
up arrow 8%

Microbiology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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