Lab Technologist Salary

Lab Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.60 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Lab Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Lab Technologists (51 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,180 - $71,302
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MEDIAN: $44,145
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$12.00 - $24.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,180 - $71,302  
   
Bonus
$259.12 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$26,203 - $60,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $39.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$259.12 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$26,203 - $60,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 687
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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

  • 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


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Lab Technologists do not often transition into Research Scientist roles. The role averages $75K per year. When Lab Technologists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Chemists. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Dow Chemical Co, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Arup Laboratories are top-notch employers for Lab Technologists in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Dow Chemical Co — the median salary there is $57K.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Lab Technologists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 11 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. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Lab Technologists. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Lab Technologists bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,765

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lab Technologists, New York provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Lab Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Pittsburgh (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), and Midland (+12 percent). Burlington ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (9 percent lower) and Greensboro (5 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Lab Technologist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

▲43%

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$38,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲27%

Research Analysis
▲11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

PCR Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$38,000


Chemistry
▼8%

Training
▼8%

Microsoft Office
▼8%

▼11%

Order Inventory
▼19%

Machine Operation
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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