Research Technician Salary

Those pursuing careers as Research Technicians in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Technicians. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,576 - $53,211
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,717
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$12.05 - $23.21
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$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,576 - $53,211  
   
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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$27,469 - $52,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $23.21  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $38.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$27,469 - $52,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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

  • 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 it's uncommon, some Research Technicians move into roles as Research Scientists, where pay is an average $74K per year. 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 $34K. Many others choose to work as Biotechnology Research Associates, where pay is typically $48K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Research Technician


Howard Hughes Medical Institute attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $41K.

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Protein Purification, Neuroscience, and Stem Cell are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis, Data Analysis, and Clinical Research. Those educated in Molecular Biology tend to be well versed in cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Research Technicians. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Research Technicians make a median salary of $44K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $58K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Biotechnology
up arrow 12%

Protein Purification
up arrow 11%

Neuroscience
up arrow 8%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Stem Cell
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

cell culture
up arrow 5%

Clinical Research
up arrow 6%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Research Analysis
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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