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Lab Technologist Salary

Lab Technologists in the United States take home an average $16.02 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Lab Technologists stretch from $25K on the lower end to $57K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lab Technologists making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Lab Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,418 - $62,230
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,172
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$11.36 - $24.42
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,418 - $62,230  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,374  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $2,054  
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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$25,011 - $57,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $24.42  
   
Overtime
$16.03 - $39.51  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,374  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $2,054  
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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$25,011 - $57,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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Job Description for Lab Technologist

Lab technologists are in charge of performing standard laboratory procedures with minimal technical supervision. They complete clerical functions that include identifying, processing, and labeling data, as well as delivering that data to designed areas in their department. Lab technologists complete reports based on their findings and collect samples as required by the project's needs. In all tasks, lab technologists must follow safety and privacy policies to maintain confidentiality, health standards, and experiment quality.

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Lab Technologist Tasks

  • Enter any abnormalities or diseases into the database.
  • Perform manual and automated tests for diagnosis.
  • Analyze results of tests using mechanical or electrical devices to identify any abnormalities.
  • Conduct blood tests and blood counts.
  • Maintain, set up, sterilize, and calibrate medical laboratory equipment.

Common Career Paths for Lab Technologist


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It's not very common for Lab Technologists to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $82K annually. Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors are common next-step roles for Lab Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Laboratory Technologists is $10K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Clinical Laboratory Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Survey takers who work as Lab Technologists usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Data Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

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


For Lab Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Lab Technologists bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%
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