Lab Technologist Salary

Lab Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $16.11 per hour. Total cash compensation to Lab Technologists ranges from $25K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and experience level. Male Lab Technologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Lab Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,526 - $65,962
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,745
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$11.62 - $24.55
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,526 - $65,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,589  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,649  
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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$25,237 - $58,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$16.26 - $39.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,649  
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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$25,237 - $58,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 881
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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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At the upper end, Lab Technologists who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $83K per year. The most common next step for a Lab Technologist is to become a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


Although Dow Chemical Co heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $48K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $31K to $73K.

Pay for Lab Technologists is the lowest at LabCorp of America, which has a median salary of $33K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $39K.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Survey takers who work as Lab Technologists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Chemistry, Data Analysis, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Lab Technologists bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $49K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 19%

Chemistry
up arrow 7%

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 168 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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