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Cytotechnologist Salary

Cytotechnologists in the United States can expect wages of $29.22 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Cytotechnologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,060 - $79,670
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MEDIAN: $65,760
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$23.05 - $37.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$48,060 - $79,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,557  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,030  
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$48,191 - $79,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$23.05 - $37.11  
   
Overtime
$26.50 - $53.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,557  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,030  
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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$48,191 - $79,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Cytotechnologist

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


For Cytotechnologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Cytotechnologists see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

Experience Affects Cytotechnologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%