Nearing the top of the pay scale are Cytotechnologists, Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Technologists, and Certified Phlebotomists; while the first receives the highest median pay at $35.63 per hour, the other salaries come in at $32.50, $20.97, and about $16.63, respectively. On the lower end are Specimen Processors at approximately $13.46 on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $30.00 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Tampa, Fla. ($19.69), Las Vegas, Nev. ($16.59), and Lenexa, Kan. (about $16.52) are the next top-paying cities. Houston, Texas is near the bottom for pay at approximately $14.25. By state, Quest Diagnostics pays its Maryland employees the most; the pay rate there is $18.45 per hour.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $16.05 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Quest Diagnostics employees (30 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn approximately $14.89 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than American Society of Clinical Pathology Members, who make $29.09 per hour. Quest Diagnostics provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology — these employees rake in $31.00 per hour.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Generalist Duties; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $20.99 per hour. Phlebotomy is a popular skill among Quest Diagnostics workers, with nearly one-half of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Customer Service round out the set of key employee skills.
The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 36 percent receiving paid vacation and one-seventh of respondents receiving paid sick days. Most workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of respondents, and for a strong majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. Perks also include life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.