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.