Average Hourly Rate for Quest Diagnostics Employees

Teterboro, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics hires for positions ranging from Phlebotomist to Medical Technologist in the medical laboratories. On average, Quest Diagnostics employees receive $16.26 per hour. When overtime pay is included, this wage rises to $22.19. At Quest Diagnostics, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your job title — it impacts salary more than anything else — though where you live and how long you've been working each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Teterboro, New Jersey 07608

Medical Laboratories, Health care

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The highest average salaries go to Cytotechnologists, who bring in close to $35.63 per hour, though Clinical Laboratory Scientists are not far behind at $32.50 along with Medical Technologists (approximately $20.97) and Certified Phlebotomists (about $16.63). Near the bottom at Quest Diagnostics are Specimen Processors, pulling in an average of just around $13.46.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($30.00 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Tampa, Fla. (about $19.69), Las Vegas, Nev. (around $16.59), and Lenexa, Kan. ($16.52) are the next top-paying cities. Houston, Texas ranks low on the pay scale — at $14.25, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Quest Diagnostics workers in Maryland earn the most — $18.45 per hour on average.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $16.05 per hour. The largest slice of the Quest Diagnostics workforce (30 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, around $14.89 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an American Society of Clinical Pathology Member certainly has its perks — salaries approach $29.09 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology at Quest Diagnostics come out on top, and their salaries approach $31.00 per hour.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Generalist Duties; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $20.99 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Phlebotomy; close to one-half deem it necessary for work. Other skills in demand are Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Customer Service.


Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Quest Diagnostics gives paid vacation days to 36 percent and sick leave to one in seven respondents. A large number of workers report contributing to a 401(k). Most workers report having health insurance, and a strong majority of respondents report having dental coverage. Other privileges include life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

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Rated 4 out of 5
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