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Biotechnology Research Assistants

Earnings

Titles and earnings vary widely, depending on field, level of education, and employer. In September 2019, Salary.com 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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