Research Technician Salary

Very experienced Research Technicians rake in top-notch pay; their $64K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($38K per year). The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. 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 $64K. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,750 - $53,994
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MEDIAN: $38,164
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$12.98 - $22.84
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$0$53K
Salary $28,750 - $53,994
Bonus $412.17 - $5,096
Profit Sharing $2,500
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$28,145 - $52,242
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 503
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.98 - $22.84
Overtime $18.61 - $37.76
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $412.17 - $5,096
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$28,145 - $52,242
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 324

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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.

Common Career Paths for Research Technician


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Research Technicians who go on to become Research Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research Scientists is $75K annually. 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 $49K.

Research Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), MPI Research Inc, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Research Technicians. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $43K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at $40K, University of Washington (UW) at $39K, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where Research Technicians annually earn $37K.

Employees at MPI Research Inc, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute can also expect below-average earnings of $32K, $35K, and $35K.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Biotechnology, Tissue Culture, and DNA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Neuroscience and Data Collection. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

Pay by Experience for a Research Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 645 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 153 salaries. An experienced Research Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 80 salaries. A Research Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,877

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Technicians, 16 percent higher than the national average. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Research Technicians in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (16 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower).

Research Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Technician?

Research Technician in Dallas:
Pros: Flexible hours, casual culture.
Cons: No structure.

Research Technician in Grand Rapids:
"The ups and downs of research."
Pros: Being a research technician allows you to work with people.
Cons: Sometimes the people you work with don't understand what they're doing.

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Key Stats for Research Technician

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲75%

▲24%

▲13%

National Average
$37,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲15%

Biotechnology
▲13%

Tissue Culture
▲12%

DNA
▲11%

Flow Cytometry
▲9%

Clinical Research
▲8%

Stem Cell
▲4%


cell culture
▲2%


National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
▼1%

PCR Analysis
▼1%


Data Collection
▼11%

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 14%
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