Cytotechnologists are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $37.13 per hour on average; Clinical Laboratory Scientists are next on the list, bringing in close to about $30.00, followed by Medical Technologists earning around $20.79 and Certified Phlebotomists making $17.03. With salaries averaging approximately $13.82, Specimen Processors are among the lowest paid at Quest Diagnostics.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($28.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas ($24.73), Atlanta, Ga. ($21.20), and Tampa, Fla. (around $19.40) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Houston, Texas; in fact, at approximately $14.74 it is one of the worst-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in Massachusetts, where pay average out at $17.74 per hour.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $15.11 per hour on average. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $16.31 per hour. The largest fraction of Quest Diagnostics people (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn about $16.72 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
ASCP Certified Medical Technologists are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $27.00 per hour. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at Quest Diagnostics come out on top, and their salaries approach $31.00 per hour.
In this position, it pays to have Generalist Duties in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $20.41 per hour. A garden variety skill at Quest Diagnostics is Phlebotomy; half of Quest Diagnostics' people use it regularly. Key skills also include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Customer Service.
Benefits and Perks
Quest Diagnostics lets only two-fifths of respondents take paid vacation and only a sixth of employees take sick leave. A large number of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Most survey participants can count on health insurance, and a solid majority of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.