Research Technologist Salary
Research Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $41K per year on average. While career length and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Research Technologists — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Research Technologist
Research technologists are responsible for gathering, cataloging, and organizing data, and they typically work within a laboratory or research facility while some work out in the field. These technologists are required to conduct tests and experiments in a given subject area, and then record and analyze the data they have gathered to determine if it supports or denies a given question.Read More...
To record and interpret data, research technologists are required to operate and maintain computer and lab equipment, and some may be tasked with keeping organized inventory of prior experiments and ensuring the proper shipping of samples. These technologists should be able to work well on teams with other researchers to achieve goals in a timely manner, and they should also be self-motivated to work well independently.
A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in the field are generally required for this position. Research technologists typically work at least forty hours per week, and some travel may occasionally be necessary for collecting samples or gathering data.
Research Technologist Tasks
- Prepare, conduct, and evaluate experiments.
- Operate and calibrate lab equipment to collect approriate data for each experiment.
- Collect and analyze data, participating in verification, and testing protocols.
- Maintain and care for equipment and laboratory, including updating databases and general stocks.
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Mayo Clinic leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $49K.
Pay by Experience Level for Research Technologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Research Technologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $38K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $72K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.