Lab Technologist Salary
Average Lab Technologists in the United States make around $16.76 per hour. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Women make up a slight majority of Lab Technologists (51 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$29,444 - $72,828|
|Bonus||$478.11 - $5,019|
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|$26,720 - $61,007|
|Hourly Rate||$12.13 - $25.50|
|Overtime||$16.98 - $39.88|
|Bonus||$478.11 - $5,019|
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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.Read More...
Lab technologists handle laboratory equipment, keep inventory records, and perform laboratory tests as requested. One of their main duties is completing quality control to ensure data is of high quality. They record control analysis and instrument function checks as preventive maintenance procedures as well. Lab technologists work in a laboratory setting and must wear protective uniform and accessories to minimize accidental injuries and prevent contamination. Their work schedule may vary depending on their projects' needs, and they generally report to the laboratory supervisor.
A bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical science, or a related field is usually required for this position. In addition, previous experience in a similar capacity - as well as industry certifications - may be preferred. Lab technologists should possess proficient computer skills to log lab records, inventory information, and results retrieval. They need to possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate developments to their supervisors. Lab technologists must work effectively with colleagues to complete projects in a timely manner; they should perform effectively on their own as well.
Lab Technologist Tasks
- Conduct blood tests and blood counts.
- Maintain, set up, sterilize, and calibrate medical laboratory equipment.
- Analyze results of tests using mechanical or electrical devices to identify any abnormalities.
- Enter any abnormalities or diseases into the database.
- Perform manual and automated tests for diagnosis.
Common Career Paths for Lab Technologist
Lab Technologists sometimes assume positions such as Research Scientists. That role pays $75K per year on average. A common career progression for a Lab Technologist is to become a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Chemist. Compared to Lab Technologists, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.
Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist
Many Lab Technologists can be found at Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Dow Chemical Co, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Arup Laboratories, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Dow Chemical Co offers the most; Lab Technologists earn $57K on average there.
Popular Skills for Lab Technologist
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Machine Operation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Order Inventory and Phlebotomy also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.
Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist
Pay by Experience for a Lab Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Lab Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 602 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lab Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 257 salaries. An experienced Lab Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 175 salaries. A Lab Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 92 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Lab Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Lab Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), and Midland (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Burlington. Baltimore and Greensboro are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.
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