Entry-Level Research Technician Salary

The average pay for an Entry-Level Research Technician is $36,017 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Clinical Research and Tissue Culture.

$27,691 - $48,840
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MEDIAN: $36,017
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$12.44 - $20.85
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MEDIAN: $15.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,691 - $48,840  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
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$27,099 - $47,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$17.17 - $35.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,068  
   
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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$27,099 - $47,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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Research Technician Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Research Technician in San Francisco:
"Research Technicians will always fear grant money drain."
I didn't realize that the job I fell into after grad school, which happen to be at the same school and lab I attended, as a research tech would be a job that would cause me so much anxiety. It's not the job itself, but the notion that the position is 100% dependent on grant money that runs out every year or two. The job forces you to worry about where your next paycheck will come from. This is not the right way to have a research position. The school should be funding these jobs. Anyways, the actual work itself, marine physiology/marine monitoring, is rewarding and diverse from day to day. Too bad I am always in jeopardy of loosing the job when the grant runs out.

Key Stats for Research Technician

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
7%
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Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Clinical Research
▲13%

Tissue Culture
▲11%

cell culture
▲6%




▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Protein Purification
▼2%

Neuroscience
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 17%