For Research Technicians, highly experienced workers enjoy the highest paychecks — around $63K — relative to the national average of $38K per year. The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. Research Technicians bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12.48 - $23.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,586 - $52,545  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$2,949  
Total Pay (?
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$27,642 - $52,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 517
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $23.36  
   
Overtime
$17.81 - $38.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$486.45 - $5,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,949  
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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$27,642 - $52,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 329

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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

  • 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 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 $74K annually. The most common career progression for Research Technicians leads to becoming a Research Laboratory Technician, where pay is typically $35K. However, many Research Technicians also opt to become Biotechnology Research Associates, a position that pays $49K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Dominating the field, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MPI Research Inc, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and University of Washington (UW) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Research Technicians. The biggest paychecks can be found at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — the median salary there is $43K. Other big spenders include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), and University of Chicago, top-paying firms where Research Technicians see paychecks nearing $40K, $39K, or $38K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include MPI Research Inc at $34K, Massachusetts General Hospital at $34K, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where $36K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 Data Collection and Neuroscience. Those familiar with Molecular Biology also tend to know cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,575

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Technicians, 15 percent higher than the national average. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+7 percent), Washington (+7 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and St. Louis (16 percent lower).

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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 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Biotechnology
up arrow 14%

Tissue Culture
up arrow 13%

DNA
up arrow 12%

Clinical Research
up arrow 9%

Stem Cell
up arrow 5%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 5%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

cell culture
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Protein Purification
up arrow 2%

Neuroscience
up arrow 10%

Data Collection
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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