Research Technician Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Research Technicians, very experienced workers enjoy much larger paychecks — $63K versus $37K per year. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. Research Technicians bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $63K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,438 - $51,839
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MEDIAN: $37,323
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$12.66 - $23.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,438 - $51,839  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$2,949  
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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$27,634 - $51,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $23.14  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $37.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$402.68 - $5,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,949  
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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$27,634 - $51,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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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

  • 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


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For Research Technicians, progressing to a Research Scientist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Research Scientist can earn $74K annually. As Research Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Research Laboratory Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $35K. Another common career choice for Research Technicians is to move into a Biotechnology Research Associate role — this promotion usually pays $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, MPI Research Inc, University of Washington (UW), and Dana Farber Cancer Institute are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Research Technicians. Research Technicians flock to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $42K lead the pack in compensation. Research Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center ($40K), University of Washington (UW) ($39K), and Howard Hughes Medical Institute ($37K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include MPI Research Inc ($33K), Massachusetts General Hospital ($35K), and University of Chicago ($36K).

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians report using a deep pool of 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Collection and Neuroscience. It is often found that people who know Molecular Biology are also skilled in cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,519

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Technicians, 16 percent higher than the national average. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (17 percent lower) and St. Louis (16 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Research Technician

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲73%

▲26%

▲15%

National Average
$37,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲16%

Biotechnology
▲14%

Tissue Culture
▲13%

DNA
▲12%

Clinical Research
▲9%

Flow Cytometry
▲6%

Stem Cell
▲5%

cell culture
▲3%



Data Analysis
▼0%

PCR Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


Neuroscience
▼10%

Data Collection
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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