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Biotechnology Research Assistants


Titles and earnings vary widely, depending on field, level of education, and employer. In September 2019, reported the average annual salary for biotechnology research assistants was $45,597; salaries typically ranged from $40,441 to $49,878. The Department of Labor reported annual earnings for biological technicians, a position similar to a biotechnology research assistant that ranged from $29,330 or less to $71,440 or more, with a median salary of $44,500. Agricultural technicians earned a median salary of $40,860, with the lowest 10 percent earning $26,980 and the highest 10 percent earning $64,020 or more. Chemical technician salaries range from $29,920 to $79,100 or more, with a median salary of $48,160. 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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