Lab Technologist Salary

Median pay for Lab Technologists in the United States is around $16.12 per hour. Total incomes of Lab Technologists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $2K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $58K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Lab Technologists. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lab Technologists making up 53 percent of survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,629 - $62,208
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,585
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$11.52 - $24.60
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$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,629 - $62,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,485  
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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$25,185 - $57,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $24.60  
   
Overtime
$16.33 - $39.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,485  
   
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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$25,185 - $57,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 804
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $82K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Lab Technologist often leads to becoming a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Data Analysis, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. 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.


For Lab Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Lab Technologists make a median salary of $44K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 16%

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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