Lab Technologist Salary

Pay for Lab Technologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.10 per hour. Total cash compensation to Lab Technologists ranges from $25K on the lower end to $57K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. Men make up a slight majority of Lab Technologists (52 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Lab Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,609 - $61,916
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,675
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$11.48 - $24.49
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,609 - $61,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,451  
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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$25,154 - $57,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $24.49  
   
Overtime
$16.13 - $39.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,451  
   
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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$25,154 - $57,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 807
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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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While Lab Technologists do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $82K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Lab Technologist involves becoming a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, roles that pay $10K more and $20K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Data Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. 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 32%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 16%

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 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: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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