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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Research Laboratory Technician Salary

$37,219 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$17.89 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$37,219
Median
$46,000
90 %

How much does a Research Laboratory Technician make?

Research laboratory technicians make $37,219 per year on average, or $17.89 per hour, in the United States. Research laboratory technicians on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $46,000.

Location impacts how much a research laboratory technician can expect to make. Research laboratory technicians make the most in Connecticut, California, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For Research Laboratory Technicians

The darker areas on the map show where research laboratory technicians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Research Laboratory Technician average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Hampshire$44,956$21.61304
2Massachusetts$41,658$20.032,404
3California$46,225$22.224,306
4Washington$41,234$19.821,261
5Connecticut$46,285$22.25439
6New Jersey$41,642$20.021,265
7New Mexico$40,417$19.43277
8New York$40,109$19.282,744
9Illinois$44,098$21.201,462
10Wyoming$36,250$17.4393
11Arizona$36,927$17.75912
12Arkansas$38,024$18.28318
13Georgia$38,870$18.691,066
14Rhode Island$36,832$17.71164
15Oklahoma$37,072$17.82339
16Hawaii$42,326$20.35107
17Nebraska$35,238$16.94311
18Alaska$35,117$16.88135
19Maryland$35,704$17.171,128
20Ohio$35,415$17.031,221
21Iowa$35,084$16.87460
22Wisconsin$34,046$16.37790
23Idaho$35,175$16.91208
24Tennessee$33,505$16.11805
25Pennsylvania$33,120$15.921,734
26Michigan$33,595$16.151,049
27Mississippi$35,569$17.10208
28Nevada$35,975$17.30202
29West Virginia$31,822$15.30219
30Texas$34,255$16.472,373
31Oregon$32,086$15.43708
32Louisiana$33,417$16.07325
33South Dakota$29,321$14.10218
34District of Columbia$36,217$17.41169
35Virginia$33,403$16.061,139
36Maine$30,954$14.88181
37Utah$30,372$14.60464
38Delaware$32,347$15.55157
39South Carolina$32,744$15.74335
40Missouri$31,303$15.05704
41Minnesota$29,606$14.23955
42Kansas$30,923$14.87329
43Colorado$30,638$14.73852
44Vermont$28,253$13.58161
45Montana$29,989$14.42155
46Kentucky$30,789$14.80326
47Florida$30,162$14.501,947
48Indiana$30,743$14.78631
49North Carolina$30,281$14.561,072
50North Dakota$26,942$12.95124
51Alabama$27,865$13.40391

Highest Paying Cities For Research Laboratory Technicians

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Rafael, CA$46,961$22.58
2Chicago, IL$44,077$21.19
3Worcester, MA$41,747$20.07
4Seattle, WA$41,364$19.89
5New York, NY$40,225$19.34
6Alpharetta, GA$38,955$18.73
7Norman, OK$37,148$17.86
8Columbus, OH$35,676$17.15
9Baltimore, MD$35,655$17.14
10Omaha, NE$35,262$16.95
11San Antonio, TX$34,752$16.71
12Madison, WI$34,171$16.43
13Ann Arbor, MI$33,718$16.21
14New Orleans, LA$33,430$16.07
15Richmond, VA$33,422$16.07

Research Laboratory Technician Salary Details

Research Laboratory Technician Salary

What is a Research Laboratory Technician's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
75th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20
Average$37,219$3,102$18
25th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16
10th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Microbiologist$56,411$4,701$27.1211,444
Biological Science Technician$36,030$3,003$17.3213,801
Research Fellow$52,724$4,394$25.3559,746
Research Scientist$84,125$7,010$40.4493,013
Laboratory Analyst$44,766$3,731$21.5244,074
Laboratory Internship$34,212$2,851$16.4590,970

Which Companies Pay Research Laboratory Technicians The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Medical Center are the highest paying companies for research laboratory technicians.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Brigham and Women's Hospital$45,602$21.92103
2Boston Medical Center$44,989$21.63
3Children's Hospital Colorado$44,726$21.5050
4Dana-Farber Cancer Institute$44,706$21.49179
5Massachusetts General Hospital$44,624$21.45183
6New York University$42,999$20.67107
7MSU Northern$42,366$20.371
8Marquette University$42,243$20.317
9New York Blood Center$42,113$20.2513
10University of Southern California$41,868$20.13263
11University of Massachusetts Medical School$40,693$19.5694
12Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs$40,521$19.48360
13USG$40,099$19.283
14Massachusetts Institute of Technology$39,718$19.10105
15Jacobs Engineering Group$39,712$19.0921
16University of Michigan$39,666$19.07129
17Xerox$39,615$19.0512
18Hentzen Coatings$39,423$18.956
19ADM$39,179$18.8443
20Fred Hutch$39,175$18.83277

How Much Do Research Laboratory Technicians Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a research laboratory technician salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The manufacturing industry pays research laboratory technicians an average salary of $40,471

  2. The health care industry pay $39,955

  3. The lowest paying industry for research laboratory technicians is the government industry. Research laboratory technicians in this industry earn an average salary of $37,104

Highest Paying Industries For Research Laboratory Technicians

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Manufacturing$40,471$19.46
2Health Care$39,955$19.21
3Education$38,779$18.64
4Government$37,104$17.84

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Research Laboratory Technician Salary Trends

The salary for a research laboratory technician can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Research Laboratory Technician Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$39,700$19.09
Mid Level$42,300$20.34
Senior Level$44,900$21.59

Average Research Laboratory Technician Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Research Laboratory Technician Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$37,200$17.89+1.0%
    2021$36,800$17.71+3.0%
    2020$35,700$17.18+1.6%
    2019$35,200$16.91+2.9%
    2018$34,200$16.42+2.0%

    Recently Added Research Laboratory Technician Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical CenterResearch Lab TechnicianColumbus, OH05/29/2022$31,305
    University of PennsylvaniaTech Research Lab C (Surgery)Philadelphia, PA05/23/2022$33,872
    University of Southern CaliforniaResearch Lab Tech ILos Angeles, CA05/20/2022$39,653
    University of Nebraska Medical CenterResearch Lab Technician (Temporary)Omaha, NE05/18/2022$32,912
    University of NebraskaResearch Lab Technician (Temporary)Omaha, NE05/16/2022$32,912
    University of VirginiaLab and Research Technician (Various Levels) Department of Pediatrics (UVA)Charlottesville, VA05/13/2022$31,305
    Kelly ServicesResearch Lab TechnicianDallas, TX05/13/2022$33,392
    University of ColoradoEntry Laboratory Science Professional-Biochemistry and Molecular GeneticsAurora, CO05/10/2022$40,280
    University of MinnesotaLab Research Technician-MN SEA GrantMinneapolis, MN05/08/2022$31,305
    ActalentResearch Lab TechnicianNew Brunswick, NJ05/07/2022$48,001

    Research Laboratory Technician Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Research Laboratory Technicians the most?

    Connecticut pays Research Laboratory Technicians the most in the United States, with an average salary of $46,285 per year, or $22.25 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Research Laboratory Technician?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Research Laboratory Technician if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $46,225 per year.

    What type of Research Laboratory Technician gets paid the most?

    Research And Development Technician gets paid the most. Research And Development Technician made a median salary of $86,419. The best-paid 10 percent make $108,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $69,000.

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