Histology / Histologic Technician Salary

An average Histologic Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.56 per hour. Compensation ranges between $15.17 per hour and $29.84. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Histologic Technicians (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,421 - $61,548
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,939
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$15.17 - $29.84
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,421 - $61,548  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$31,475 - $63,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $29.84  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $45.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$31,475 - $63,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 436
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Immunohistochemistry, embedding, Microtomy, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Immunohistochemistry
up arrow 17%

embedding
up arrow 15%

Microtomy
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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