Average Research Technician Salary

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The average salary for a Research Technician is $38,142.
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$29k - $53k
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$300 - $2k
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$28k - $52k

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Job Description for Research Technician

Research Technician Tasks
  • Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.
  • May assist with research analysis.
  • Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.
The top respondents for the job title Research Technician are from the companies Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Baylor College Of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Reported salaries are highest at Howard Hughes Medical Institute where the average pay is $42,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, earning around $41,525 and $40,628, respectively. Baylor College Of Medicine pays the lowest at around $29,893. Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $36,071 and $36,795, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Research Technician

Skills in Data Analysis and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Protein Purification, PCR Analysis and Molecular Biology.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

An entry-level Research Technician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $34,549 based on 462 salaries. An early career Research Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $37,009 based on 872 salaries. A mid-career Research Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,633 based on 236 salaries. An experienced Research Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,156 based on 121 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,124.
Employees with Research Technician in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 10.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (6.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (23.1% less), Houston, Texas (19.0% less) and Durham, North Carolina (1.6% less).

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