The average pay for a Research Technician is $35,231 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Research Technician Total Pay (?
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$27,146 - $50,866
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MEDIAN: $35,230
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Research Technician Total Pay (?
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$11.35 - $23.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,146 - $50,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,957  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,000  
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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$26,051 - $51,001  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 729
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.35 - $23.46  
   
Overtime
$16.09 - $38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,000  
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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$26,051 - $51,001  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 729
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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Indianapolis
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San Diego
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New York
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
up arrow 1%
National Average
$35,000
Boston
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Baltimore
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St. Louis
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Houston
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Ann Arbor
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Pittsburgh
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Birmingham
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%
Stem Cell
up arrow 1%
National Average
$35,000
Clinical Research
up arrow 1%
Research Analysis
up arrow 8%
cell culture
up arrow 9%
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Gender
Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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