Histology / Histologic Technician Salary

Earnings for Histologic Technicians in the United States come in at around $21.56 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $15.17 per hour and $29.84. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Histologic Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Histologic Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale 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
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
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 (?
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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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Job skills reported by Histologic Technicians are limited. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Histologic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Histologic Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Histology / Histologic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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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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