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Lab Technologist Salary

Lab Technologists in the United States take home approximately $15.84 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Lab Technologists approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $57K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $2K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Men working as Lab Technologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$29,317 - $61,589
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MEDIAN: $41,264
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$11.13 - $24.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,317 - $61,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,060  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $2,048  
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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$24,950 - $57,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$15.79 - $40.07  
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 - $3,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $2,048  
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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$24,950 - $57,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Lab Technologists sometimes become Physician Assistants, where the average income is $82K 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 $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. Most people experienced in 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.


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 $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. Lab Technologists see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $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

National Average
$37,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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