Lab Technician Salary in the US

$35,830
per year
per hour
$17.23
per hour
per year

Lab Technician - Average Salary & Hourly Pay

The average salary for a Lab Technician is $35,830 per year ($17.23 per hour), which is $17,660 (-33%) lower than the average salary in the US.
A Laboratory Technician can expect an average starting salary of $27,040. The highest salaries can exceed $68,140.
$27,040
Low
$35,830
Average salary
$68,140
High
$13
Low
$17.23
Average salary
$32.76
High

Laboratory Technician Salary Range

Low
$27,040
Average salary
$35,830
Senior
$52,370
High
$68,140
Low
$13
Average salary
$17.23
Senior
$25.18
High
$32.76
Among Laboratory Technicians in the US, Environmental Lab Technicians, Lab Animal Technicians and Optical Lab Technicians (also called Ophthalmic Lab Technicians) tend to have the lowest hourly pay rates, while QC Laboratory Technicians and Scientific Lab Techs (like Chemical Lab Technicians, Biology Lab Technicians, Research Lab Technicians) enjoy the highest salaries and wages.

Lab Technician - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Engineering Lab Technician$41K/year
+14% 
Biology Lab Technician$39K/year
+10% 
Research Lab Technician$38K/year
+6% 
Biotechnology Lab Technician$38K/year
+5% 
Chemistry Lab Technician$37K/year
+4% 
Quality Control Lab Technician$36K/year
+1% 
Microbiology Lab Technician$36K/year
 -1%
Optical Lab Technician$33K/year
 -7%
Lab Animal Technician$32K/year
 -11%
Environmental Lab Technician$27K/year
 -24%

Lab Technician - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Lab Technician with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $29,000 per year. A mid career Lab Technician with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $34,000, while a Senior Laboratory Technician with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $52,000. Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn $60,000 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Lab Technician

Late Career▲ +67%
Senior▲ +45%
Average Salary$35,830/year
Mid Career▼ -5%
Entry Level▼ -19%

Gender Breakdown

Female
33%
Male
67%

Lab Technician - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Lab Technician jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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