$37,580
Avg. Salary
$16.66
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,757

Bonus

$2,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Research Technician is $16.66 per hour.

The average pay for a Research Technician is $37,580 per year.

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MEDIAN $16.66
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$52k
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MEDIAN $37,580
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$0$52K
Salary $28,512 - $52,269
Bonus $256 - $5,017
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$28,056 - $51,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 877
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.03 - $23.23
Overtime $17.84 - $37.02
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $256 - $5,017
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$28,056 - $51,735
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 603

Job Description for Research Technician

Research technicians assist scientists with their experiments and research. They primarily work in a lab environment, but may work in an office while analyzing basic data. The duties of a research technician working in the field of chemistry are different from a research technician working in the field of biological research. However, research technicians will usually be required to record test results, monitor experiments, use, clean and maintain equipment, care for lab animals, maintain supplies and prepare equipment for testing. Research technicians generally work as part of a team. Depending on the size of a project, they may report to the laboratory supervisors or the principal investigators (the lead scientists on projects). A great deal of a research technician's work will require on-the-job training. As such, they are usually assigned to a mentor who will train them and provide feedback.

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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.

Research Technician Pay By Employer

$0$50K

$40,450

$29,704

$38,323

MPI Research Inc
13 profiles
$32,158

$35,278

$37,125

$46,116

$29,100

$29,315

$39,381

Common Career Paths for Research Technician


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Research Technicians who go on to become Research Scientists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research Scientists is $75K annually. A Research Laboratory Technician role is the most common promotion for Research Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $35K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Research Technicians is a Biotechnology Research Associate position, where earnings are usually $49K.

Research Technician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Research Technician


Research Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Biotechnology, Tissue Culture, and DNA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Neuroscience and Data Collection. For most people, competency in Molecular Biology indicates knowledge of cell culture.

Pay by Experience Level for Research Technician

Pay by Experience for a Research Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Research Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 645 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Research 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 153 salaries. An experienced Research Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 80 salaries. A Research Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,556

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Research Technicians, 16 percent higher than the national average. Research Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Research Technicians in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (16 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower).

Research Technician Reviews

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

Research Technician in Dallas:
Pros: Technical writing. Organizing. Training.
Cons: Working with the public. Workplace drama.

Research Technician in San Francisco:
"Research Technicians will always fear grant money drain."
I didn't realize that the job I fell into after grad school, which happen to be at the same school and lab I attended, as a research tech would be a job that would cause me so much anxiety. It's not the job itself, but the notion that the position is 100% dependent on grant money that runs out every year or two. The job forces you to worry about where your next paycheck will come from. This is not the right way to have a research position. The school should be funding these jobs. Anyways, the actual work itself, marine physiology/marine monitoring, is rewarding and diverse from day to day. Too bad I am always in jeopardy of loosing the job when the grant runs out.

Research Technician in Dallas:
Pros: Flexible hours, casual culture.
Cons: No structure.

Research Technician in Grand Rapids:
"The ups and downs of research."
Pros: Being a research technician allows you to work with people.
Cons: Sometimes the people you work with don't understand what they're doing.

Research Technician in Morristown:
"Success in Research Laboratory."
Take college classes. Work late when asked. Help others.

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Key Stats for Research Technician

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Research Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲76%

▲26%

▲14%

National Average
$37,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Research Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲16%

Biotechnology
▲14%

Tissue Culture
▲13%

DNA
▲12%

Flow Cytometry
▲10%

Clinical Research
▲9%

Stem Cell
▲5%


cell culture
▲3%


Data Analysis
▼0%

PCR Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


Data Collection
▼10%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 15%