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. In the world of Research Laboratory Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $53K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $20K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Laboratory Technicians. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women Research Laboratory Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. 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
(Median)
$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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At the upper end, Research Laboratory Technicians who move into a Research Scientist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Research Scientists is a much higher $74K per year. 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 $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Research Analysis, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microbiology, cell culture, and PCR Analysis. Those educated in Molecular Biology tend to be well versed 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research Laboratory Technicians. 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. Research Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,792

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Research Laboratory Technicians in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+7 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Cincinnati (+3 percent), and Boston (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in 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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