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. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Women Research Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Research Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,626 - $53,059
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,567
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$12.07 - $23.23
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$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,626 - $53,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,829  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,513  
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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$27,519 - $52,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $23.23  
   
Overtime
$16.98 - $38.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,513  
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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$27,519 - $52,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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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There are some Research Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research Scientists, where earnings are an average $74K annually. Research Technicians go on to become Research Laboratory Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $34K. Research Technicians who move into a Biotechnology Research Associate role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $48K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of Washington (UW), and University of Chicago are among the top companies that take on many Research Technicians. Those at Howard Hughes Medical Institute can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $42K.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Survey results imply that Research Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Protein Purification, Neuroscience, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Clinical Research. 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.


For many Research Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. Research Technicians see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $58K.

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 20%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 12%

Protein Purification
up arrow 10%

Neuroscience
up arrow 9%

Stem Cell
up arrow 4%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Tissue Culture
0%

National Average
$37,000

cell culture
up arrow 4%

Clinical Research
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Research Analysis
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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