Research Technician Salary
|Salary||$28,382 - $52,069|
|Bonus||$400.00 - $5,139|
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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).)
|$27,765 - $51,783|
|Hourly Rate||$12.77 - $23.01|
|Overtime||$18.06 - $37.54|
|Bonus||$400.00 - $5,139|
|Total Pay (||$27,765 - $51,783|
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.Read More...
To become a research technician, a bachelor’s degree in a major related to the research field is usually preferred. However, many employers (especially schools) will only require a high school diploma, and may hire college students. Regardless, candidates are typically required to have one to three years of laboratory or research experience. In addition, successful research technicians show initiative, are quick learners and are good at working independently. Finally, since the work of a research technicians is often quite repetitive, candidates who show exceptional passion for the work are generally preferred by most employers.
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
Research Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research Scientist. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. Going from Research Technician to Research Laboratory Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Research Laboratory Technicians is $35K. Many others choose to work as Biotechnology Research Associates, where pay is typically $49K.
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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Research Technicians. Research Technicians flock to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (UW), and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, top-paying firms where Research Technicians rake in a comfortable $40K, $39K, or $37K, respectively.
MPI Research Inc, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $32K, $35K, and $35K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Research Technician
Research Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Neuroscience and Data Collection. Those educated in Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in 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
Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Research Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+10 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Research Technicians is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in St. Louis and 12 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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