Histology / Histologic Technician Salary

The average Histologic Technician in the United States earns approximately $22.03 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Histologic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Histologic Technicians (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,710 - $70,204
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$49K
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MEDIAN: $49,478
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$15.37 - $31.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,710 - $70,204  
   
Bonus
$303.04 - $4,102  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$31,834 - $66,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $31.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.44  
Overtime
$19.59 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$303.04 - $4,102  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$31,834 - $66,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 481

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Job Description for Histology / Histologic Technician

Histologic technician (also referred to as histology technicians or histotechnicians) are commonly found in both medical and research environments. This position involves working closely with pathologists, assisting in procedures to collect, prepare, and analyze specimens. Daily tasks include cleaning and preparing slides, cutting and staining specimens, and documenting the whole process. Other technical support may be needed as necessary, and regulations and protocols must be carefully followed at all times.

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Histology / Histologic Technician Tasks

  • Obtain, prepare, label, stain, and microscopically analyze specimens.
  • Assist in set-up, troubleshooting, and evaluation of new techniques and equipment.
  • Prepare and store reagents, cultures, tissues, and other materials.
  • Maintain calibration records, including maintenance and special checks of equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Histology / Histologic Technician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Histologic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,997

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Histologic Technicians, 50 percent higher than the national average. Histologic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+19 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Little Rock Histologic Technicians earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Histology / Histologic Technician

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

▲10%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$47,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

mohs
▲32%

special stains
▲24%

IHC
▲8%

embedding
▲4%

Immunohistochemistry
▲4%

Microtomy
▼0%

National Average
$47,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼3%

grossing
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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