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Histology / Histologic Technician Salary

Histologic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $21.11 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $14.98 per hour on the lower end to $29.77 on the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Histologic Technicians who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,913 - $60,911
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,170
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$14.98 - $29.77
(Median)
$15
$21
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,913 - $60,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
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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$31,205 - $63,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $29.77  
   
Overtime
$17.39 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$31,205 - $63,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350

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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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Histologic Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. Histologic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Histologic Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K.

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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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