Histotechnologists in the United States take home an average $23.92 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Histotechnologists making up 72 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,130 - $77,219
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,755
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90%

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$17.70 - $32.57
(Median)
$18
$24
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,130 - $77,219  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,308  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$36,764 - $70,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $32.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$26.27 - $47.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,308  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$36,764 - $70,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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Job Description for Histotechnologist

A histotechnologist is a highly specialized person in the medical field and is crucial to the treatment of patients. They run and perform diagnostic tests on patient tissue samples to examine the microscopic aspects of diseases. In addition to diagnosing diseases at the cellular level, they provide guidance on how to treat these diseases in a way that is specifically tailored to an individual patient’s pathology. The histotechnologist is responsible for not only these diagnostics, but also the machinery involved, which often includes complex laboratory instruments.

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Histotechnologist Tasks

  • Use, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment, and keep a clean, disinfected work space.
  • Receive, log, and document patient specimens and accompanying forms.
  • Prepare tissue samples by fixing, staining, dying, trimming, and other methods.
  • Identify and document technical issues, quality assurance, and procedural improvements.

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Histotechnologists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Medical Histotechnologist. On average, Medical Histotechnologists get paid about the same as Histotechnologists do. A lot of Histotechnologists advance their careers by becoming Histologic Technicians and Histologists. However, those positions offer $7K less and $4K less per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Histotechnologist

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


For Histotechnologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. Histotechnologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $61K.

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Experience Affects Histotechnologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Histotechnologist Salaries

embedding
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Microtomy
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Histology
up arrow 10%

Immunohistochemistry
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Team Leadership
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grossing
0%

National Average
$51,000

IHC
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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