Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salary

Biological Science Laboratory Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $16.36 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Biological Science Laboratory Technicians making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,776 - $57,116
$30K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,899
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50%
90%

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$12.65 - $21.87
$13
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.37
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$0$57K
Salary $29,776 - $57,116
Bonus $145.44 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $1,001
Total Pay (?
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$27,100 - $51,616
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 128
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.65 - $21.87
Overtime $14.93 - $34.88
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $145.44 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $1,001
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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$27,100 - $51,616
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 215

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Job Description for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Biological science laboratory technicians can perform a wide range of tasks depending on the type of biological laboratory in which they are employed. A botany lab, for example, will require that the laboratory technician properly care for and manage the plants being studied at the laboratory. The laboratory technician would be responsible for planting seeds, watering plants, maintaining their health and aiding in their reproduction if necessary. The technician would also perform experiments on the plants to fulfill the purposes and studies of the laboratory.

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Biological Science Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Design, review, edit, and perform experimental methodologies and specific experiments.
  • Review related publications to select methods and write up findings.
  • Perform analyses and calculations to interpret results and communicate findings.
  • Maintain, test, calibrate, update, and review equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Biological Science Laboratory Technician


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Biological Science Laboratory Technicians often transition into Microbiologist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Microbiologists earn $45K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Biological Science Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Biological Science Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 289 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Biological Science Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Biological Science Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 48 salaries. A Biological Science Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 16 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,256

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

With a pay rate for Biological Science Laboratory Technicians that is 34 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Biological Science Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Frederick (+29 percent), San Antonio (+12 percent), St. Paul (+2 percent), and Fort Collins (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Minneapolis and Seattle (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲18%

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Biological Science Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
▲6%

cell culture
▲6%

Biotechnology
▲3%


National Average
$37,000

▼1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼2%

Data Analysis
▼3%

DNA
▼5%

Aseptic Processing
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 17%
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