The average Cytotechnologist in the United States earns approximately $30.47 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Cytotechnologists survey respondents are women (79 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,330 - $87,561  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $3,945  
Profit Sharing
$509  
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$49,891 - $82,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $38.01  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $58.92  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$304.10 - $3,945  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,891 - $82,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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Job Description for Cytotechnologist

The work of a cytotechnologist generally consists of analyzing microscopic samples for any changes in cells in order to indicate certain diseases, such as cancer. They also analyze patient records to understand their history and note if any changes are occurring; when abnormalities are detected, the cytotechnologist passes on the findings to a pathologist so they can be investigated further.

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Cytotechnologist Tasks

  • Examine samples under a microscope to determine health and status of patient.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and databases.
  • Verify that data is connected to the correct patient.
  • Document results and enter data into laboratory information system.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cytotechnologist


Quest Diagnostics pays the most with a median salary of $76K, though there is little variation overall ($50K to $87K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cytotechnologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cytotechnologists make a median salary of $68K. Cytotechnologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

Cytotechnologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cytotechnologist?

Cytotechnologist in Jacksonville:
"Enriching, work flexibility, enjoy being part of the team."
Pros: Enjoy doing microscopic work and paying attention to detail.
Cons: Nothing at the present time.

Key Stats for Cytotechnologist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Cytotechnologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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