The average pay for a Research Technician is $37,323 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Project Management, Biotechnology, Tissue Culture, and DNA. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career.
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MEDIAN: $37,323
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,438 - $51,839  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$2,949  
Total Pay (?
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$27,634 - $51,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 509
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $23.14  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $37.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$402.68 - $5,061  
   
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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$27,634 - $51,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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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

  • Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.
  • May assist with research analysis.
  • Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,519

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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 105 votes.
059
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%
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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%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 6%

Stem Cell
up arrow 5%

cell culture
up arrow 3%



Data Analysis
0%

PCR Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000


Neuroscience
up arrow 10%

Data Collection
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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