Research Technician Salary

Very senior Research Technicians rake in top-notch pay; their $64K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($37K per year). Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. Research Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,382 - $52,069
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$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,428
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$12.77 - $23.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,382 - $52,069  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,139  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$27,765 - $51,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $23.01  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$27,765 - $51,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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Job Description for Research Technician

Research technicians assist scientists with their experiments and research. They primarily work in a lab environment, but may work in an office while analyzing basic data. The duties of a research technician working in the field of chemistry are different from a research technician working in the field of biological research. However, research technicians will usually be required to record test results, monitor experiments, use, clean and maintain equipment, care for lab animals, maintain supplies and prepare equipment for testing. Research technicians generally work as part of a team. Depending on the size of a project, they may report to the laboratory supervisors or the principal investigators (the lead scientists on projects). A great deal of a research technician's work will require on-the-job training. As such, they are usually assigned to a mentor who will train them and provide feedback.

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Research Technician Tasks

  • Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.
  • May assist with research analysis.
  • Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.

Common Career Paths for Research Technician


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Research Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. Going from Research Technician to Research Laboratory Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Research Laboratory Technicians is $35K. Many others choose to work as Biotechnology Research Associates, where pay is typically $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), MPI Research Inc, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Research Technicians. Research Technicians flock to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, top-paying firms where Research Technicians rake in a comfortable $40K, $39K, or $37K, respectively.

MPI Research Inc, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $32K, $35K, and $35K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Biotechnology, Tissue Culture, and DNA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Neuroscience and Data Collection. Those educated in Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

Pay by Experience for a Research Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 645 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 153 salaries. An experienced Research Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 80 salaries. A Research Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,498

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Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Research Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+10 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Research Technicians is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in St. Louis and 12 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Research Technician

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲77%

▲26%

▲15%

National Average
$36,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲16%

Biotechnology
▲14%

Tissue Culture
▲13%

DNA
▲12%

Flow Cytometry
▲10%

Clinical Research
▲9%

Stem Cell
▲5%


cell culture
▲3%


Data Analysis
▼0%

PCR Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$36,000


Data Collection
▼10%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 15%