Lab Technologist Salary

Median pay for Lab Technologists in the United States is around $16.11 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Lab Technologists ($25K to $58K) includes potential earnings of $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lab Technologists making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to 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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Lab Technologists who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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.

LabCorp of America offers the least pay with a median salary of $33K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $39K.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Lab Technologists who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Chemistry, Data Analysis, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control 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.


Lab Technologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Lab Technologists make a median salary of $43K. As Lab Technologists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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
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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