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Lab Technologist Salary

Median pay for Lab Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.99 per hour. In the world of Lab Technologists, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $57K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $2K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. For the most part, Lab Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Lab Technologists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,394 - $61,973
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,052
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$11.28 - $24.45
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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
$29,394 - $61,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,200  
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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$25,049 - $57,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $24.45  
   
Overtime
$15.95 - $39.43  
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 - $3,200  
   
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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$25,049 - $57,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 783

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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 advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $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


Typical Lab Technologists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Data Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. For Lab Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $48K.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

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 181 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%