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Research Technician Salary

Research Technicians in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $38K per year. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most Research Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Research Technicians (53 percent) survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,581 - $53,302
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,545
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$11.94 - $23.30
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,581 - $53,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,787  
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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$27,289 - $52,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $23.30  
   
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 - $3,787  
   
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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$27,289 - $52,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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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There are some Research Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research Scientists, where earnings are an average $74K 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 $34K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Research Technicians is a Biotechnology Research Associate position, where earnings are usually $48K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Research Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where the median salary comes to $40K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($19K) and those starting out ($49K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Survey results suggest that Research Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Protein Purification, Stem Cell, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and cell culture. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Research Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $35K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research Technicians make a median salary of $45K. Research Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $58K.

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 21%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 15%

Protein Purification
up arrow 12%

Stem Cell
up arrow 4%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Clinical Research
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

cell culture
up arrow 6%

Research Analysis
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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