Research Technician Salary

Those pursuing careers as Research Technicians in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Research Technicians can bottom out near $27K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. For the most part, Research Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,480 - $53,515
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,228
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$12.21 - $23.36
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,480 - $53,515  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,787  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,020  
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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$27,400 - $52,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $23.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$16.72 - $39.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,020  
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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$27,400 - $52,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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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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Though some Research Technicians move into positions like Research Scientist (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. A Research Laboratory Technician role is the most common promotion for Research Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $35K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Research Technicians is a Biotechnology Research Associate position, where earnings are usually $48K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Dominating the field, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of Chicago, and University of Washington (UW) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Research Technicians. For Research Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; in fact, median earnings sit around $42K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), and University of Chicago, where earnings of $40K, $39K, or $38K are standard for Research Technicians.

Workers at MPI Research Inc, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $32K, $36K, and $37K respectively.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Tissue Culture, Flow Cytometry, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Collection, Neuroscience, and Clinical Research. The majority of those who know Molecular Biology also know cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Research Technicians. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Research Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,479

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For Research Technicians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+8 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Cambridge (+2 percent). Research Technicians in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Pittsburgh and Birmingham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 20 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Tissue Culture
up arrow 11%

Biotechnology
up arrow 11%

Stem Cell
up arrow 3%

Flow Cytometry
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Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Protein Purification
up arrow 2%

cell culture
up arrow 4%



Clinical Research
up arrow 6%

Neuroscience
up arrow 9%

Data Collection
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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