What does a Lab Manager do?

Lab managers ensure a laboratory operates smoothly by scheduling staff, reordering supplies, and maintaining all security protocols and standards. They utilize managerial skills, and lab safety know-how to ensure laboratories are safe and continue to operate without a hiccup. They take responsibility for all aspects at the lab, which includes tracking and monitoring equipment, watching out for employees, monitoring and replenishing supplies, software security, and documentation of events.

Lab managers also train lab technicians and assistants on the correct use of equipment and mentor and discipline lab staff when necessary. They ensure their employees follow industry standards and safety regulations for the handling and disposal of test samples. They maintain a schedule that tracks lab equipment used and time for staff members, and they are responsible for purchasing lab supplies or preparing an ordering list. They often handle security documents and ensure all information and data collected in the lab is kept safe. Lab managers need a bachelor's degree in business, management, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lab Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£34,690 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £35K
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Lab Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Lab Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Lab Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Lab Officer
29 Aug 2021

“Not suitable to stay for long as there isn't much career progression in the lab department.”

Head of Experimentation
14 Dec 2021

“The mission and everything we did was involved in human socioeconomic development; it was an amazing way of working in projects.”

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge National Laboratory
Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager
27 Sep 2021

“Everything is amazing and great quality of work”

Main Line HealthMain Line Health
Lab Supervisor
14 May 2021

“Best place to work and excel”

National University of SingaporeNational University of Singapore
Research Lab Manager
20 Apr 2021

“Good place to work and friendly”

Digital ProspectorsDigital Prospectors
Clinical Lab Associate
20 Jul 2021

“I felt my sponsor (Seamus) in particular was amazing when it came to being a support during this process.”

Boehringer IngelheimBoehringer Ingelheim
Lab Manager
18 Nov 2021

“I had a lot of freedom to do what I needed and have fun as well.”

Cuts IceCuts Ice
Laboratory Team Leader
20 Mar 2020

“salary is fine but not too much”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lab manager

When working as a lab manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Calibration, UNIX Linux, Operating Systems, Server Configuration and Good Time Management.

The most similar professions to lab manager are:
  • Lab Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Chemist

The most common qualifications to become a lab manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.