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Research Technician Salary (United States)

Research Technicians in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Research Technicians (52 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Research Technician Salary (?
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$28,259 - $53,636
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MEDIAN: $37,316
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Research Technician Salary (?
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$11.88 - $23.42
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,259 - $53,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,340  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,089  
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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$27,001 - $52,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 501
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $23.42  
   
Overtime
$16.53 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,340  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,089  
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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$27,001 - $52,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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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. The most common career progression for Research Technicians leads to becoming a Research Laboratory Technician, where pay is typically $34K. However, many Research Technicians also opt to become Biotechnology Research Associates, a position that pays $48K on average.

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Popular Skills for Research Technician

Research Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Protein Purification, Data Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis, cell culture, and Clinical Research. Most people familiar with 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. On average, Research Technicians make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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New York
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San Diego
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Seattle
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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National Average
$37,000
Philadelphia
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Durham
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Boston
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Houston
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St. Louis
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Atlanta
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Birmingham
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Ann Arbor
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Pittsburgh
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With a pay rate for Research Technicians that is 12 percent greater than the national average, Baltimore offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Research Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Indianapolis (+3 percent). Research Technicians in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Birmingham and Ann Arbor (18 percent less).

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 13%
Protein Purification
up arrow 9%
Data Analysis
up arrow 8%
Molecular Biology
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PCR Analysis
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Stem Cell
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National Average
$37,000
Clinical Research
up arrow 4%
cell culture
up arrow 7%
Research Analysis
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%