Histology / Histologic Technician Salary

Average Histologic Technicians in the United States make around $21.24 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.02 per hour, and the top verges on $29.75. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Histologic Technicians who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,701 - $61,372
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,799
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$15.02 - $29.75
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,701 - $61,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,441  
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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$31,270 - $63,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$17.08 - $45.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,441  
   
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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$31,270 - $63,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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

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

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Professional skills reported by Histologic Technicians are few in number. Immunohistochemistry and Microtomy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Histology / Histologic Technician

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


For Histologic Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Histologic Technicians make a median salary of $53K. Histologic Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Immunohistochemistry
up arrow 19%

Microtomy
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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