Cytotechnologist Salary

Cytotechnologists in the United States take home an average $29.59 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the particular employer. The majority of Cytotechnologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cytotechnologists making up 71 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,510 - $79,320
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$49K
$65K
$79K
MEDIAN: $65,181
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$22.95 - $37.61
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$48,510 - $79,320  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$1,105 - $2,750  
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$48,237 - $80,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.95 - $37.61  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $55.41  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,105 - $2,750  
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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$48,237 - $80,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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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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The pay scale is far from balanced at Quest Diagnostics. While salaries on one end can reach $103K, the company's median pay sits at $75K, the lowest in the field.

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. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $70K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Cytotechnologist Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Cytotechnologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%