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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. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Research Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,563 - $53,193
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,581
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$11.98 - $23.25
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,563 - $53,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,803  
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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$27,326 - $52,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $23.25  
   
Overtime
$16.76 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,803  
   
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).
)
$27,326 - $52,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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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 Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $41K.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and cell culture. Most people 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.


For many Research Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research Technicians make a median salary of $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $58K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 15%

Protein Purification
up arrow 12%

Neuroscience
up arrow 9%

Stem Cell
up arrow 4%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Clinical Research
up arrow 5%

cell culture
up arrow 6%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Research Analysis
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 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: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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