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Research Technician Salary

Research Technicians in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. Cash earnings for Research Technicians — including $4K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $52K depending on individual performance. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. For the most part, Research Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,499 - $53,625
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,544
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$11.86 - $23.05
(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
$28,499 - $53,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,588  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,966  
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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$27,135 - $52,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $23.05  
   
Overtime
$16.65 - $40.01  
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 - $3,588  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,966  
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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$27,135 - $52,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331

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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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Though some Research Technicians move into positions like Research Scientist (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center offers the largest salaries in town ($40K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $19K to $49K.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Protein Purification, PCR Analysis, and Molecular Biology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. 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.


For many Research Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Research Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $58K.

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 12%

Protein Purification
up arrow 10%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Stem Cell
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
up arrow 5%

cell culture
up arrow 6%

Research Analysis
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%