What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The majority of Research Laboratory Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$28,224 - $53,484
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,698
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.79 - $21.78
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,224 - $53,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
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).
)
$26,449 - $52,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 637
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $21.78  
   
Overtime
$14.67 - $34.37  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
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).
)
$26,449 - $52,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 577

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

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...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. 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 $13K and $5K higher per year.

Research Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microbiology and PCR Analysis. Most people skilled in Molecular Biology are similarly competent 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $55K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Research Laboratory Technicians will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Charlotte (+13 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

Biotechnology
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

Surgery
up arrow 1%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

DNA
up arrow 2%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microbiology
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%