$66,584
Avg. Salary
$23.21
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,124

Bonus

$2,986

Profit Sharing

$4,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Laboratory Manager is $23.21 per hour.

The average pay for a Laboratory Manager is $66,584 per year.

10%
$15.26
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$23.21
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$36.90
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MEDIAN $23.21
10%
$42k
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$67k
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$100k
90%
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MEDIAN $66,584
$41,614 - $99,847
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MEDIAN: $66,584
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$0$99K
Salary $41,614 - $99,847
Bonus $174 - $13,191
Profit Sharing $486 - $14,558
Commission $4,500
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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$38,824 - $99,646
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,544
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $15.26 - $36.90
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $19.04 - $48.05
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $174 - $13,191
Commission $4,500
Profit Sharing $486 - $14,558
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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$38,824 - $99,646
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 666

Job Description for Laboratory Manager

Laboratory managers oversee the day-to-day operations of laboratories. They develop procedures and maintain quality standards for specific lab procedures. Laboratory managers work in a variety of settings from universities to medical facilities to pharmaceutical corporations, and they must work well with project teams. Laboratory managers also work in the manufacturing industry, primarily in research and development. They typically work in laboratories during regular business hours.

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Laboratory Manager Tasks
  • Train, supervise, and mentor laboratory assistants, students and technicians.
  • Oversee laboratory safety policies, training, and enforcement.
  • Assist with experiments and procedures.
  • Inventory, stock, audit and organize supplies and chemicals.

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Manager


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Laboratory Managers who move on to become Laboratory Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Laboratory Directors get paid an average of $90K per year. Becoming a Quality Assurance Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Laboratory Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $70K. Another frequent advance is for Laboratory Managers to assume a Medical Technologist role; in this role, workers often earn $52K.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Chemistry, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 17 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent in Operations Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Manager

Pay by Experience for a Laboratory Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Laboratory Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 501 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Laboratory Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 496 salaries. An experienced Laboratory Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 515 salaries. A Laboratory Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 370 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,637

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

Laboratory Managers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Laboratory Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cambridge (+39 percent), Denver (+31 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and Detroit (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. San Diego and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Laboratory Manager Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Laboratory Manager?

Laboratory Manager in San Antonio:
"Know your role."
Understand the administrative responsibilities of being a Lab Manager vs. The administrative responsibilities of the medical Director.

Laboratory Manager in San Bernardino:
"Work!"
The only advice I can give is to work hard.

Laboratory Manager in Alexandria:
"Work Hard."
Never give up, always give your best, don't stop learning, be friendly, help your staff to be better and better, leave your problems at home. They're some of the keys to success.

Laboratory Manager in Wetumka:
"There wouldnt be much growth in pay."
Ask for better pay because you will have dutys added with not alot of reimbursement.

Laboratory Manager in Swaziland ,Mbabane:
"Very hard."
Challenges I got from work is dealing with clients they too difficult but I manage to deal with them ,but is important is know to be polite in every situation but not allow them to use you.

Laboratory Manager in Honolulu:
"Advance Degrees Important."
Stay flexible. Do not make drastic changes to fit your disposition but learn the culture of the organization before instituting change.

Laboratory Manager in Paso Robles:
"Project Management On Various Tasks."
Pros: I like being part or a growing business. Everyday is something new. I am part of many new and exciting projects for this company. I enjoy managing the lab employees who work for me. I work directly with the CEO.
Cons: Being assigned to multiple tasks can spread me too thin: I am unable to give full attention to everything and its taken me away from working more hands on with my employees and ensuring they are properly trained to my/company standards. The CEO has very high expectations and gets involved in so many projects, urging their completion faster that this causes some compromise in the quality of the project.

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Key Stats for Laboratory Manager

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 581 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Laboratory Manager Salaries

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$65,000

▼6%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Manager Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲24%

Chemistry
▲14%







National Average
$65,000


Microbiology
▼13%


Purchasing
▼17%

▼23%

Safety Compliance
▼41%

Order Inventory
▼43%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 581 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 13%