Research Technician Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for research technicians in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 46,652 research technicians currently employed in the United States.
  • 48.2% of all research technicians are women, while only 45.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed research technician is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of research technicians is White (54.7%), followed by Asian (15.6%) and Hispanic or Latino (13.7%).
  • The majority of research technicians are located in MA, Boston and NY, New York.
  • Research technicians are paid an average annual salary of $41,730.
  • Research technicians average starting salary is $32,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid research technicians earn as much as $54,000 or more.
  • 23% of all research technicians are LGBT.
  • Research technicians are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Research Technician Statistics By Gender

Among research technicians, 48.2% of them are women compared to 45.7% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 48.2%
  • Male, 45.7%
  • Unknown, 6.1%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Female
48.2%
Male
45.7%
Unknown
6.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Research Technician

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$48,479
female-income
Female Income
$45,228

Research Technician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research technician position over time.

Male
Female
63%
60%
58%
55%
53%
50%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
55.37%
44.63%
2009
56.77%
43.23%
2010
56.61%
43.39%
2011
56.41%
43.59%
2012
55.15%
44.85%
2013
58.02%
41.98%
2014
56.21%
43.79%
2015
55.29%
44.71%
2016
55.94%
44.06%
2017
55.79%
44.21%
2018
57.51%
42.49%

Research Technician Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, senior field service technician and installer/lead technician have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Taste Tester13%78%
Feed Research Aide18%70%
Psychologist Research Assistant23%70%
Research Technician46%48%
Field Installation Technician92%5%
Installer/Lead Technician92%4%
Senior Field Service Technician92%5%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Senior Field Service Technician
Installer/Lead Technician
Field Installation Technician
Research Technician
Psychologist Research Assistant
Feed Research Aide
Taste Tester
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Research Technician Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among research technicians is White, which makes up 54.7% of all research technicians. Comparatively, there are 15.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 13.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 54.7%
  • Asian, 15.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.7%
  • Black or African American, 8.9%
  • Unknown, 4.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.4%
Job Title
Research Technician RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
54.7%
Asian
15.6%
Hispanic or Latino
13.7%
Black or African American
8.9%
Unknown
4.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
2.4%

Research Technician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research technicians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
61.75%
9.22%
18.49%
7.90%
2011
59.63%
8.32%
18.82%
10.17%
2012
53.50%
7.63%
19.94%
11.97%
2013
60.14%
7.85%
13.81%
13.20%
2014
61.63%
10.24%
15.45%
8.67%
2015
53.98%
11.11%
16.73%
11.78%
2016
58.75%
7.14%
14.32%
13.73%
2017
56.26%
8.46%
14.37%
14.58%
2018
54.69%
8.94%
15.59%
13.72%

Research Technician Wage Gap By Race

Asian research technicians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White research technicians have the lowest average salary at $44,570.
$50,000
$49,000
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
$45,000
$44,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$45,587
White$44,570
Black or African American$48,840
Asian$49,490
Hispanic or Latino$45,781

Research Technician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research technician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research technicians is 40+ years old, which represents 48% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Research Technician YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
26%
30-40 years
26%
40+ years
48%

Types of Research Technician Degree Levels

The most common degree for research technicians is bachelor's degree 74% of research technicians earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 11% and rounding it off is associate degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 74%
  • Masters, 11%
  • Associate, 8%
  • High School Diploma, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 5%
Job Title
Research Technician DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
74%
Masters
11%
Associate
8%
High School Diploma
2%
Other Degrees
5%

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Research Technician Wage Gap By Education

Research technicians with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $58,292 annually. With a Masters degree, research technicians earn a median annual income of $51,923 compared to $48,479 for research technicians with an Associate degree.
$59,000
$55,000
$51,000
$47,000
$43,000
$39,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$42,916
Master's Degree$51,923
Bachelor's Degree$43,612
Doctorate Degree$58,292
Some College/ Associate Degree$48,479

Research Technician Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research technicians. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most research technicians is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research technicians.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
1%
50 - 100 employees
2%
100 - 500 employees
9%
500 - 1,000 employees
8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
46%
> 10,000 employees
33%

The Types Of Companies Research Technician Work In

Employees with the research technician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research technicians prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
54%
Public
20%
Private
21%
Government
5%

Top Industries Hiring Research Technicians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research technicians. Those industries include education, health care and manufacturing.

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Education

Health Care

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Technology

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
32%
Health Care
16%
Manufacturing
10%
Fortune 500
10%
Technology
5%
Non Profits
5%
Pharmaceutical
4%
Hospitality
4%
Professional
4%
Energy
2%
Government
1%
Automotive
1%
Utilities
1%
Construction
1%
Retail
1%
Finance
1%
Insurance
1%

Research Technician Turnover And Employment Statistics

Research Technician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research technicians changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescResearch Technician Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
3.75%
2011
5.02%
2012
7.52%
2013
8.70%
2014
4.05%
2015
3.80%
2016
6.33%
2017
5.32%
2018
2.11%

The Average Number of Years That Research Technician Stay in a Job

By looking over 15,366 research technicians resumes, we figured out that the average research technician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 40%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
25%
1-2 years
40%
3-4 years
14%
5-7 years
11%
8-10 years
4%
11+ years
6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Technicians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research technicians.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Food Science Technician7.37%
Meteorologist15.19%
Chemical Compounder16.29%
Research And Development Scientist17.71%
Research Technician23.15%
Archaeologist31.58%
Clinical Fellow34.48%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Food Science Technician
7.37%
Meteorologist
15.19%
Chemical Compounder
16.29%
Research And Development Scientist
17.71%
Archaeologist
31.58%
Clinical Fellow
34.48%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Technicians

The most common foreign language among research technicians is Spanish at 44.6%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 44.6%
  • French, 13.7%
  • Chinese, 7.3%
  • Mandarin, 5.2%
  • German, 5.1%
  • Other, 24.1%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
44.6%
French
13.7%
Chinese
7.3%
Mandarin
5.2%
German
5.1%
Other
24.1%

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Research Technician Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research technician can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research technicians is $50,348. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Technicians Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research technicians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Technicians Located?

By looking through more than 15,366 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research technicians are MA, Boston and NY, New York.

Number of Research Technicians

Where Are Research Technicians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country research technicians are in the most demand.

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