Histologic Technicians in the United States take home an average $22.06 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Histologic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Histologic Technicians (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,402 - $69,799
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,626
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$15.40 - $31.11
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,402 - $69,799  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,146  
Profit Sharing
$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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$32,063 - $66,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $31.11  
   
Overtime
$21.80 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$32,063 - $66,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 447
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Histology / Histologic Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Histologic Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

special stains
up arrow 24%

IHC
up arrow 7%

embedding
up arrow 4%

Immunohistochemistry
up arrow 4%

Microtomy
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

grossing
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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