Research Technician Salary

Pay for Research Technicians in the United States is very modest at just $38K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Research Technicians (53 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,604 - $53,584

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$12.04 - $23.27

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,604 - $53,584  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,840  
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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$27,443 - $52,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $23.27  
   
Overtime
$16.98 - $38.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,840  
   
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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$27,443 - $52,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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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Research Technicians sometimes assume positions such as Research Scientists. That role pays $74K per year on average. More often than not, a Research Laboratory Technician role is the next step for Research Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Research Laboratory Technicians is usually $34K. Many Research Technicians choose to take on a Biotechnology Research Associate role instead, where salaries are typically $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 all popular places to work. Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers the largest salaries in town — $42K on average.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Stem Cell, Protein Purification, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Clinical Research. Most people skilled in Molecular Biology are similarly competent in 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. 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. Research Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 21%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 12%

Protein Purification
up arrow 4%

Stem Cell
up arrow 4%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Neuroscience
up arrow 1%

Tissue Culture
0%

National Average
$37,000

cell culture
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

Research Analysis
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

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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