Lab Technologist Salary

Lab Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $16.09 per hour. Incomes of Lab Technologists vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $3K cause paychecks to spread between $25K on the low end and $57K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of Lab Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Lab Technologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,683 - $62,797

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$11.45 - $24.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,683 - $62,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,472  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $3,600  
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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$25,148 - $57,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $24.41  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $38.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,472  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $3,600  
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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$25,148 - $57,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Lab Technologists move into roles as Physician Assistants, where pay is an average $82K per year. Lab Technologists typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors, and those positions pay $10K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


For Lab Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Dow Chemical Co; in fact, average earnings are around $48K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $74K) is great.

Salaries are easily beat at LabCorp of America, where median pay comes to just $32K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $25K and ending at $39K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Professional skills reported by Lab Technologists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Data Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. 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.


For Lab Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Lab Technologist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K.

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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
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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