Research Technician Salary (United States)

A Research Technician earns an average salary of $35,881 per year. A skill in Biotechnology is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Research Technician Total Pay (?
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$27,504 - $52,405
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MEDIAN: $35,880
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Research Technician Total Pay (?
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$11.28 - $23.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,504 - $52,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $5,087  
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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$26,133 - $52,138  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 730
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $23.87  
   
Overtime
$16.17 - $40.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $5,087  
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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$26,133 - $52,138  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 730
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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New York
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Baltimore
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Cambridge
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Indianapolis
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Seattle
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Philadelphia
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$36,000
Boston
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St. Louis
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Chicago
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Houston
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Ann Arbor
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Birmingham
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Pittsburgh
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Dallas
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 14%
PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%
Stem Cell
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Clinical Research
0%
National Average
$36,000
cell culture
up arrow 9%
Research Analysis
up arrow 13%

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Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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