Lab Technologists in the United States take home approximately $16.50 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lab Technologists making up 51 percent of survey respondents. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,113 - $68,807
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$69K
MEDIAN: $43,939
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$11.89 - $24.64
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,113 - $68,807  
   
Bonus
$480.82 - $5,039  
Profit Sharing
$3,300  
Total Pay (?
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$25,870 - $58,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $24.64  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $37.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$480.82 - $5,039  
   
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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$25,870 - $58,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 678
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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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Lab Technologists sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $84K per year on average. The most common next step for a Lab Technologist is to become a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Chemist. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


LabCorp of America, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Dow Chemical Co, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Arup Laboratories are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Lab Technologists. Lab Technologists flock to Dow Chemical Co for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $58K lead the pack in compensation.

With a median employee salary of $35K, LabCorp of America pays significantly less than its competitors (68 percent less than the top paying company).

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Research Analysis, and PCR Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 17 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Machine Operation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Phlebotomy also typically command lower compensation. 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.


For Lab Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. For Lab Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Lab Technologist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%

Research Analysis
up arrow 17%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 8%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Training
up arrow 8%

Chemistry
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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