Lab Technologist Salary (United States)

Lab Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $15.73 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.06 per hour on the low end to $24.10 on the higher side. Total cash earnings range from $29,114 on the low end to $60,787 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $2,998 and $2,051, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and about half have vision insurance. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 52 percent. For the most part, Lab Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,114 - $60,787
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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 (?
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Lab Technologists move into roles as Physician Assistants, bringing in an extra $45K per year. Lab Technologists typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors, where they can expect an extra $10,933 or $19,856 per year.

Lab Technologist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist

Employees of Dow Chemical Co can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $46,019; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $31K to $77K. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is American Red Cross Blood Services, where the median salary is just $42,980.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist

Lab Technologists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phlebotomy and Data Analysis. 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.
Though Lab Technologists can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $33K, which grows to $39K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $45K. Salaries grow more slowly as Lab Technologists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $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. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 62 percent, Lab Technologists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Charlotte are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Lab Technologists earning around 31 percent, 20 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent more than average. The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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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

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$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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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