Lab Technologist Salary (United States)

Lab Technologists in the United States typically take home $15.73 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.06 per hour to $24.10. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Lab Technologists making up 52 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Lab Technologist Salary (?
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$29,114 - $60,787
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MEDIAN: $40,994
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Lab Technologist Salary (?
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$11.06 - $24.10
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,114 - $60,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,998  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $2,051  
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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$24,819 - $57,028  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,998  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $2,051  
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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$24,819 - $57,028  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 751
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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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There are some Lab Technologists—though it's uncommon—that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings can rise by $45K annually. Lab Technologists can earn $10,933 or $19,856 more per year when they move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors, a common transition for those in the field.

Lab Technologist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist

For Lab Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Dow Chemical Co; in fact, typical earnings are around $46,019, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $77K) is great. American Red Cross Blood Services offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $42,980.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist

Professional skills reported by Lab Technologists are few in number. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phlebotomy and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Lab Technologists do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $33K to $39K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $45K. Salary increase slows as Lab Technologists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$36,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Lab Technologists, 62 percent higher than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Charlotte, top-paying markets where Lab Technologists rake in more than the national norm (+31 percent, +20 percent, +16 percent, and +9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -6 percent in San Antonio and -5 percent in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

National Average
$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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