Research Laboratory Technician Salary

Research Laboratory Technicians in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. Women make up a slight majority of Research Laboratory Technicians (55 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Research Laboratory Technicians. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,497 - $57,391
$29K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,128
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$12.43 - $23.13
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$0$57K
Salary $29,497 - $57,391
Bonus $450.00 - $4,736
Profit Sharing $600
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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$28,356 - $54,790
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 325
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.43 - $23.13
Overtime $18.51 - $36.17
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $450.00 - $4,736
Profit Sharing $600
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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$28,356 - $54,790
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 286

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Job Description for Research Laboratory Technician

Research laboratory technicians are responsible for completing laboratory tasks that pertain to research efforts. In addition, they conduct behavioral studies and find additional information relevant to their work. These technicians order supplies, assist in creating schedules, follow strict safety protocols, and wear protective accessories to avoid accidents. Their main responsibilities also include organizing files and adhering to laboratory procedures. Additionally, research laboratory technicians help create written materials that explain results and progress of their studies/projects, accurately log findings, and maintain the integrity and safety of the experiment area. Research laboratory technicians also analyze variables, and provide conclusions based on careful observation. They conduct routine tests, and provide regular maintenance for laboratory equipment. Generally, research laboratory technicians report their progress to the research laboratory team leader in their department.

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Research Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Perform experiments and production tasks according to standard procedures.
  • Prepare samples, equipment, and materials for experiments.
  • Analyze, calculate, review, record, and update experimental data.
  • Inventory and order supplies and equipment.

Common Career Paths for Research Laboratory Technician


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At the upper end, Research Laboratory Technicians who move into a Research Scientist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Research Scientists is a much higher $75K per year. Biotechnology Research Associates or Research and Development Lab Technicians are common next-step roles for Research Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Biotechnology Research Associates is $11K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Research and Development Lab Technicians.

Research Laboratory Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Research Laboratory Technician


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, University of Michigan (U-M) offers the most; Research Laboratory Technicians earn $37K on average there.

Popular Skills for Research Laboratory Technician


Research Laboratory Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Product Development and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cell culture, Microbiology, and Chemistry. Most people experienced in Molecular Biology also know Data Analysis, Research Analysis, and Biotechnology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Research Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 473 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research 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 $42,000 based on 147 salaries. An experienced Research Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 82 salaries. A Research 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 $54,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,834

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

With a pay rate for Research Laboratory Technicians that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Research Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Research Laboratory Technicians in Dallas make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (20 percent lower) and Ann Arbor (10 percent lower).

Research Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Research Laboratory Technician?

Research Laboratory Technician in Cincinnati:
Pros: The field offers great opportunities to grow.
Cons: No negative thoughts about the position as of yet.

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Key Stats for Research Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲42%

▲29%

▲10%

National Average
$38,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

Product Development
▲22%

▲3%

Clinical Research
▲3%

National Average
$38,000

Data Analysis
▼1%


Safety Compliance
▼3%



▼4%

DNA
▼5%

Animal Handling
▼9%

Chemistry
▼11%

Microbiology
▼12%

cell culture
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 18%
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