Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $38K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Research Laboratory Technicians making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Research Laboratory Technicians is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,434 - $54,097

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$12.21 - $22.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,434 - $54,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,400  
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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$27,013 - $53,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $22.36  
   
Overtime
$15.72 - $36.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,400  
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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$27,013 - $53,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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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. Research Laboratory Technicians typically move into roles as Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development Lab Technicians, and those positions pay $12K more and $4K more, respectively.

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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 Research Analysis, Biotechnology, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microbiology, cell culture, and PCR Analysis. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $40K on average. For Research Laboratory Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians, 32 percent higher than the national average. Research Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Ann Arbor and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Research Analysis
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Biotechnology
0%

National Average
$36,000

Data Analysis
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

DNA
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Surgery
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

cell culture
up arrow 7%

Microbiology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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