Average Science Technician Salary
$35,000 yearly
$17.21 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$24,000
10 %
$35,000
Median
$51,000
90 %
What Is The Average Science Technician Salary?
The average science technician salary is $35,796 per year, or $17.21 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $51,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, and Texas provide the highest science technician salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$51,000
$4,250
$25
75th Percentile
$43,000
$3,583
$21
Average
$35,796
$2,983
$17
25th Percentile
$29,000
$2,417
$14
10th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12

Average Science Technician Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Science Technician average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$39,509
$18.99
Alaska
$31,895
$15.33
Arizona
$39,582
$19.03
Arkansas
$43,417
$20.87
California
$50,268
$24.17
Colorado
$42,865
$20.61
Connecticut
$74,842
$35.98
Delaware
$52,724
$25.35
District of Columbia
$71,255
$34.26
Florida
$45,514
$21.88
Georgia
$42,528
$20.45
Hawaii
$53,372
$25.66
Idaho
$34,839
$16.75
Illinois
$58,796
$28.27
Indiana
$46,310
$22.26
Iowa
$42,213
$20.29
Kansas
$39,550
$19.01
Kentucky
$46,109
$22.17
Louisiana
$48,233
$23.19
Maine
$39,771
$19.12
Maryland
$61,322
$29.48
Massachusetts
$59,501
$28.61
Michigan
$47,059
$22.62
Minnesota
$43,134
$20.74
Mississippi
$49,102
$23.61
Missouri
$38,816
$18.66
Montana
$45,384
$21.82
Nebraska
$40,982
$19.70
Nevada
$35,643
$17.14
New Hampshire
$66,245
$31.85
New Jersey
$57,461
$27.63
New Mexico
$51,848
$24.93
New York
$64,061
$30.80
North Carolina
$46,023
$22.13
North Dakota
$48,522
$23.33
Ohio
$49,301
$23.70
Oklahoma
$43,164
$20.75
Oregon
$40,877
$19.65
Pennsylvania
$58,847
$28.29
Rhode Island
$53,272
$25.61
South Carolina
$54,708
$26.30
South Dakota
$47,996
$23.07
Tennessee
$43,869
$21.09
Texas
$59,524
$28.62
Utah
$46,836
$22.52
Vermont
$42,452
$20.41
Virginia
$53,268
$25.61
Washington
$43,258
$20.80
West Virginia
$45,137
$21.70
Wisconsin
$45,457
$21.85
Wyoming
$51,124
$24.58

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Highest Paying Cities For Science Technician

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Houston, TX
$61,127
$29.39
Philadelphia, PA
$60,135
$28.91
Chicago, IL
$59,294
$28.51
Bridgewater, NJ
$57,081
$27.44
San Francisco, CA
$53,261
$25.61
Las Cruces, NM
$53,140
$25.55

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Average Science Technician Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $35,800
    $17.21
    +1.6%
    2020
    $35,200
    $16.94
    +2.9%
    2019
    $34,200
    $16.44
    +2.0%
    2018
    $33,500
    $16.11
    +0.9%
    2017
    $33,200
    $15.97
    +1.4%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Laboratory Internship

    Avg. salary: $31,564

    A laboratory intern is responsible for assisting laboratory operations and perform examinations and experiments under the supervision of tenured laboratory staff. Laboratory interns shadow all the laboratory processes, document their observations, and conduct an in-depth analysis of the results. They must have excellent knowledge of scientific procedures, demonstrating their class learnings to practical applications. A laboratory intern must be detail-oriented, especially on conducting and verifying the accuracy of research materials. It is also required for a laboratory intern to be a fast-learner, understanding the scientific complexities to master various approaches.
    102,086 Laboratory Internship Jobs
    Biologist

    Avg. salary: $60,721

    A biologist is a specialized scientist focusing on studying living organisms and their relationship to the existing ecosystem. Biologists spend lots of time doing research and validating theories to support the complexity of the living matter. In some cases, biologists could also be out in the field rather than staying in a laboratory to collect biological specimens to justify their findings and create reports from their scientific investigations. Biologists also often communicate with government entities and private industries to provide recommendations on preserving the ecosystem and wildlife habitat.
    7,099 Biologist Jobs
    Laboratory Researcher

    Avg. salary: $46,606

    Laboratory researchers are professionals who manage a research laboratory while performing cellular and biochemical experiments with the primary researcher. These researchers must work with hazardous chemicals and should show expertise in handling lab equipment such as glassware and field equipment. They are required to assist with research projects and interpret the test data of an experiment. They must manage the order of all lab equipment by filling up the purchase requisition forms. Laboratory researchers are required to work with students in all aspects of laboratory research.
    49,343 Laboratory Researcher Jobs
    Research Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $38,338

    Research laboratory technicians play a vital role in scientific laboratories. They perform varied duties and responsibilities, which include setting up, operating, and maintaining the laboratory equipment, assisting in laboratory-based research activities such as sampling, testing, and analyzing results, and providing technical support to the laboratory team members. In addition, they are expected to support the development and advancement of science and modern medicine. Other typical duties of research laboratory technicians include preparing samples and specimens, keeping abreast with current technical developments, and ensuring strict compliance with safety procedures.
    76,628 Research Laboratory Technician Jobs
    Microbiological Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $38,461

    A microbiological laboratory technician specializes in handling and testing samples, ensuring accuracy and safety. Often working under the supervision of a more experienced scientist, a microbiological laboratory technician has the responsibility to operate various devices and machines, record all progress and data, review results, and produce reports and documentation. There are also instances when a technician must submit results within deadlines or follow a senior scientist's directives. Furthermore, it is essential to adhere to the safety policies and rules of the laboratory at all times.
    41,471 Microbiological Laboratory Technician Jobs
    Biology Laboratory Technician

    Avg. salary: $39,151

    A biological technician assists medical and biological scientists in conducting laboratory experiments and tests. As a biological technician, you will perform a variety of tasks that include setting up, maintaining, and cleaning laboratory equipment and instruments such as test tubes and microscopes, collecting and preparing biological samples, and analyzing experimental data, and interpreting results. In addition, you will assist medical scientists by administering new treatments and medicines to laboratory animals. You will also perform different techniques such as specimen staining to aid identification.
    42,333 Biology Laboratory Technician Jobs

    Science Technician Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a science 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $38,200
    $18.36
    Mid Level
    $40,700
    $19.56
    Senior Level
    $43,200
    $20.76

    Which Companies Pay Science Technicians The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a science technician, being employed by a company such as Accenture or Jacobs Engineering Group would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Alion Science and Technology and iGATE Technologies also report highly competitive salaries for science technicians.
    Company

    Recently Added Science Technician Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Indian Health Service
    Social Science Technician
    Social Science Technician
    Wadsworth, NV
    08/25/2021
    $35,265
    08/25/2021
    Department of Defense
    Physical Science Technician
    Physical Science Technician
    Kittery, ME
    08/20/2021
    $48,641
    08/20/2021
    United States Fleet Forces Command
    Physical Science Technician
    Physical Science Technician
    Kittery, ME
    08/20/2021
    $48,641
    08/20/2021
    Kelly Services
    Regulatory Science Technician/
    Regulatory Science Technician/
    Portage, MI
    07/21/2021
    $52,175
    07/21/2021
    Kelly Services
    Animal Science Technician
    Animal Science Technician
    Raleigh, NC
    07/12/2021
    $31,305
    07/12/2021
    Forensic Science Technician
    Ankeny, IA
    07/10/2021
    $41,538
    07/10/2021
    State University of New York at Cobleskill
    Natural Sciences-Instructional Support Technician
    Natural Sciences-Instructional Support Technician
    Cobleskill, NY
    07/09/2021
    $41,239
    07/09/2021
    Kelly Services
    Animal Science Support Technician
    Animal Science Support Technician
    Wilmington, MA
    07/09/2021
    $35,479
    07/09/2021
    Kelly Services
    Animal Science Support Technician
    Animal Science Support Technician
    Wilmington, MA
    07/08/2021
    $35,479
    07/08/2021
    Indian Health Service
    Social Science Technician
    Social Science Technician
    Wadsworth, NV
    06/18/2021
    $35,265
    06/18/2021

    Average Science Technician Salary by Demographic

    Science Technician Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $69,389
    female-income
    Female Income
    $60,957
    Median Science Technician Income by Race
    Asian science technicians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White science technicians have the lowest average salary at $59,288.
    $75,000
    $72,000
    $69,000
    $66,000
    $63,000
    $60,000
    $57,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$61,838
    White$59,288
    Black or African American$70,326
    Asian$72,083
    Hispanic or Latino$62,329
    Average Science Technician Salary by Education Level
    Science technicians with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $97,880 annually. With a Masters degree, science technicians earn a median annual income of $78,871 compared to $69,389 for science technicians with an Associate degree.
    $101,000
    $92,000
    $83,000
    $74,000
    $65,000
    $56,000
    $47,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$55,270
    Master's Degree$78,871
    Bachelor's Degree$56,955
    Doctorate Degree$97,880
    Some College/ Associate Degree$69,389