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.

$29,444 - $72,828
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MEDIAN: $44,497
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$12.13 - $25.50
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MEDIAN: $16.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,444 - $72,828  
   
Bonus
$478.11 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,720 - $61,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $25.50  
   
Overtime
$16.98 - $39.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$478.11 - $5,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$26,720 - $61,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 736

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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 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.

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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

National Average: $38,311

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Lab Technologist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

▲41%

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$38,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲25%

Research Analysis
▲10%

National Average
$38,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

PCR Analysis
▼1%


Chemistry
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼9%

Training
▼10%

▼12%

Order Inventory
▼20%

Machine Operation
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 19%
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