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Biotechnology Research Assistants


Titles and earnings vary widely, depending on field, level of education, and employer. In March 2016, 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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