Lab Technologist Salary

Median pay for Lab Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.50 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Lab Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,121 - $70,017
$29K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,985
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$11.93 - $24.76
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MEDIAN: $16.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,121 - $70,017  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,163  
Profit Sharing
$3,300  
Commission
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$26,037 - $59,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$16.79 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,163  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$3,300  
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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$26,037 - $59,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 702

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Lab Technologist


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Lab Technologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $84K per year. Lab Technologists most often move into positions as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Chemists; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


Dominating the field, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Dow Chemical Co, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Arup Laboratories are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Lab Technologists. Dow Chemical Co offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $57K.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Research Analysis, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 17 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Machine Operation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Chemistry and Phlebotomy also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

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


Lab Technologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Lab Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Lab Technologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $53K.

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Key Stats for Lab Technologist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

▲43%

▲12%

▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲31%

Research Analysis
▲17%

PCR Analysis
▲7%


Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
▼7%

Training
▼8%

▼11%

Chemistry
▼14%

Machine Operation
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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