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|Bonus||$304.10 - $3,945|
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|Hourly Rate||$24.18 - $37.79|
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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.Read More...
Cytotechnologists must be well-organized to properly document all findings and procedures and be able to calibrate and troubleshoot various machines and equipment. In some positions, he/she will also help develop new testing and quality-control methods. They must be meticulous and follow all company policies, company procedures, and laws and regulations, and may also double-check the work of others to identify potential errors.
The area in which the cytotechnologist works must be kept clean and sanitary. Inventory duties are also a part of the job, and he/she may be in charge of ordering supplies when they run low. For many positions, a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field is necessary, and cytotechnologists must also be registered and certified within their state of employment. Prior experience in the field is also required for many positions.
Good communication skills are essential, as cytotechnologists work regularly with others in the health field. However, it is also important to be self-driven, as much of the work is done independently.
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Cytotechnologist
Cytotechnologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Quest Diagnostics, where the average salary comes to $75K.
Pay by Experience Level for Cytotechnologist
Pay by Experience for a Cytotechnologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Cytotechnologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 134 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cytotechnologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Cytotechnologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 154 salaries. A Cytotechnologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 114 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Cytotechnologists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Cytotechnologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), San Antonio (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Burlington. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis and Detroit (6 percent lower).
Key Stats for Cytotechnologist
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