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Lab Technologist Salary

For Lab Technologists, hourly average wages total $16.06 per hour. Total cash earnings of Lab Technologists range from $25K on the low end to $57K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $2K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Lab Technologists. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. 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. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,365 - $61,653
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,466
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$11.32 - $24.48
(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
$29,365 - $61,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,252  
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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$25,057 - $57,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $24.48  
   
Overtime
$15.92 - $39.12  
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 - $3,252  
   
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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$25,057 - $57,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 787

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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 do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $82K per year. Lab Technologists most often move into positions as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists only 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Lab Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Lab Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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