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The average salary for a Research Technician is $38,537.
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$29k - $55k
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$29k - $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.

Job Satisfaction for Research Technician

3.7 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Research Technician are from the companies Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Baylor College Of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where the average pay is $41,271. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), earning around $40,454 and $39,668, respectively. Baylor College Of Medicine pays the lowest at around $30,340. Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $36,452 and $36,727, 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 $34,926 based on 185 salaries. An early career Research Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $37,398 based on 868 salaries. A mid-career Research Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,573 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Research Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,885 based on 131 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $57,500.
Employees with Research Technician in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 9.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (24.4% less), Houston, Texas (19.1% less) and Durham, North Carolina (5.4% less).

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