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Average Hourly Rate for Quest Diagnostics Employees

Operating out of Teterboro, N.J., medical laboratories company Quest Diagnostics employs talent in positions ranging from Phlebotomist to Medical Technologist. Employees of Quest Diagnostics bring in an average of $16.49 per hour, and when they are working overtime, they earn $22.19. Quest Diagnostics paychecks are largely negotiated based on what you do at the company, though where you live and your experience level are also considered. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Quest Diagnostics typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Quest Diagnostics
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About This Company

Teterboro, New Jersey 07608

Medical Laboratories, Health care

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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.

Key Stats for Quest Diagnostics


76 %
24 %
Hourly Rate
$12 - $19
Hourly Rate
$11 - $28
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
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