$39,191
Avg. Salary
$17.09
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,930

Bonus

$1,415

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research Laboratory Technician is $17.09 per hour.

The average pay for a Research Laboratory Technician is $39,191 per year.

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MEDIAN $39,191
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$0$56K
Salary $29,091 - $56,156
Bonus $489 - $4,878
Profit Sharing $492 - $7,830
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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$27,669 - $54,487
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 566
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.49 - $23.94
Overtime $19.06 - $38.20
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $489 - $4,878
Profit Sharing $492 - $7,830
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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$27,669 - $54,487
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 566

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.

Research Laboratory Technician Pay By Employer

$0$42K

$37,011

$30,517

$33,058

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 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: $37,842

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 West Chester:
Pros: Flexible schedule
Cons: Can be repetitive, monotonous, boring at times

Research Laboratory Technician in Cincinnati:
"Big city conveince, but not overwhelmingly large."
Pros: Comfortable place to raise a family
Cons: Far away from extended family.

Research Laboratory Technician in Bethesda:
"Limited."
The field of animal research is highly competitive and very limited. After many years in the field I realized that I wanted to leave the field for something more stable with more opportunities. The job is extremely stressful and at the end of the day you are expected to go above and beyond to the extent that nothing you can possibly do can be considered above and beyond. You are an essential employee meaning that when there is a blizzard or something you are somehow expected to drive in feet of snow to get there because they rarely arrange hotels accomodations and will ask you to sleep in an army cot in the breakroom without paying you for the time you are away from your family. At the end of the day you are easily replaceable and just a number so they expect you to bend over backwards or get out of the way so someone else can.

Research Laboratory Technician in Oklahoma City:
"Low Expenses and Good Pay."
Pros: Housing is affordable and there are plenty of places to eat.
Cons: Other than the food, there is not must to be offered in Oklahoma City. The lakes are dirty and the dirt is red. There's not much else to be said.

Research Laboratory Technician in Cleveland:
"Continuous Learning."
Do work- every day. Push yourself to get better. There is always something new to learn, in the industry or with the company. You can always improve basic skills and make things better in the area you work.

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

Research Laboratory Technician in Ann Arbor:
"Can't Do Much With Only A Bachelor's Degree."
Make sure you understand that you will probably need an advanced degree before you make a decent salary.

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Key Stats for Research Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

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 192 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 19%