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Biotechnology Research Assistants

Earnings

Titles and earnings vary widely, depending on field, level of education, and employer. In March 2016, Salary.com reported the median annual salary for biotechnology research assistants was $42,092; the lowest paid 10 percent earned $32,966 or less, and the top 10 percent earned $49,624 or more. The Department of Labor reported annual earnings for biological technicians, a position similar to a biotechnology research assistant that ranged from $26,300 or less to $67,920 or more, with a median salary of $41,290. Agricultural technicians earned a median salary of $35,140, with the lowest 10 percent earning $22,380 and the highest 10 percent earning $55,170 or more. Chemical technician salaries range from $27,100 to $73,160 or more, with a median salary of $44,180. Generally, large companies pay their research assistants more than smaller businesses and nonprofit organizations do. Research assistants with advanced degrees make more than those with only a bachelor’s degree. Research assistants who work for large biotech or pharmaceutical companies or engineering laboratories and have advanced science degrees make among the highest wages in the field.

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