Research Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Just under two-thirds of Research Laboratory Technicians are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $35,151 per year. Compensation ranges from $25,835 on the low end to $51,559 per year on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The greater part enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Research Laboratory Technicians (51 percent). Job satisfaction for Research Laboratory Technicians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Research Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$27,462 - $52,165
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MEDIAN: $36,612
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Research Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$11.53 - $21.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,462 - $52,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,000  
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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$25,835 - $51,559  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $21.47  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $33.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,000  
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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$25,835 - $51,559  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 564
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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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Research Laboratory Technicians may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Research Scientist position may earn an additional $38K per year. A typical promotion for Research Laboratory Technicians is becoming Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development (R&D) Lab Technicians, where they can expect an extra $12,982 or $5,421 per year.

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Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician

Research Laboratory Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Biotechnology, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. At career start, salaries are typically $33K, which grow to $39K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $45K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Research Laboratory Technicians tend to earn $55K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$35,000
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With a pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. New York, Indianapolis, Houston, and San Diego are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Research Laboratory Technicians earning around 13 percent, 10 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent more than average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (-4 percent) and Boston (-3 percent).

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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Surgery
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Biotechnology
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$35,000
Molecular Biology
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DNA
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PCR Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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