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Average Hourly Rate for Quest Diagnostics Employees

Headquartered in Teterboro, N.J., Quest Diagnostics offers a range of employment opportunities in the medical laboratories, from Phlebotomist to Medical Technologist. Employees of Quest Diagnostics bring in an average of $16.33 per hour, and when they are working overtime, they earn $21.75. Your job title is the biggest factor affecting pay for Quest Diagnostics workers, followed by where you live and your experience level. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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

Teterboro, New Jersey 07608

Medical Laboratories, Health care

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Cytotechnologists, Medical Technologists, Certified Phlebotomy Technicians, and Certified Phlebotomists; while the first receives the highest median pay at $35.63 per hour, the other salaries come in at $20.79, about $17.17, and approximately $17.03, respectively. Near the bottom at Quest Diagnostics are Specimen Processors, pulling in an average of just around $13.39.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($28.50 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; Tampa, Fla. (about $19.40), Lenexa, Kan. ($16.52), and Las Vegas, Nev. (around $16.28) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($11.79) in Louisville, Ky., one of the lowest-paid cities. Across Quest Diagnostics' U.S. offices, employees in the state of Massachusetts earn the most, taking home approximately $17.74 per hour.

Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $16.23 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $14.89 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

ASCP Certified Medical Technologists receive bigger paychecks (around $27.00 per hour) than those without credentials. Quest Diagnostics provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science — 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 $20.41 per hour. Phlebotomy is a popular skill among Quest Diagnostics workers, with about one-half of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Customer Service.


With a more than 3 to 1 female-to-male ratio, women represent the better half of Quest Diagnostics' employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

Only 37 percent at Quest Diagnostics enjoy paid vacation time, and just one in seven survey participants can take sick leave. A large number of respondents take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Quest Diagnostics sponsors. Most survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a fair number of employees also include dental insurance. Quest Diagnostics also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Quest Diagnostics


77 %
23 %
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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