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Research Technician Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, around two in three of Research Technicians have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $37K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. The greater part enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women Research Technicians just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Research Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Research Technician Salary (?
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$28,098 - $53,040
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MEDIAN: $36,628
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Research Technician Salary (?
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$11.69 - $23.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,098 - $53,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $5,000  
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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$26,762 - $52,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $23.72  
   
Overtime
$16.30 - $39.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $5,000  
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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$26,762 - $52,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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 typically pays $73K per year. The most common promotion for Research Technicians is a Research Laboratory Technician position, which usually brings in $34K a year. Another standard transition for Research Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Biotechnology Research Associate role, where pay is often $48K.

Research Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician

Survey participants disclosed information on only two employers, and both places seem to pay their employees similarly. Workers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center earn a median $40K, and workers at University of Washington (UW) make a median of $39K. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center also ranks near the bottom for pay.

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, Molecular Biology, PCR Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis, cell culture, 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.
Research Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. Research Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $57K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a tenth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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$36,000
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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Research Technicians in Baltimore receive some of the highest pay in the country. Research Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+11 percent), New York (+11 percent), Cambridge (+4 percent), and Indianapolis (+4 percent). Research Technicians in Birmingham make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (20 percent less) and Ann Arbor (17 percent less).

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
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Molecular Biology
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PCR Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Stem Cell
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National Average
$36,000
Clinical Research
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cell culture
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%