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Lab Technologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Lab Technologists in the United States is typically around $15.73 per hour. Cash earnings for Lab Technologists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $57K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Lab Technologists making up 52 percent of workers. Most Lab Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Lab Technologist Salary (?
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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 (?
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  
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  
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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There are some Lab Technologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are typically $81K annually. Lab Technologists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

Lab Technologist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist

For Lab Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Dow Chemical Co; in fact, typical earnings are around $46K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $76K) is great. Dow Chemical Co is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist

Lab Technologists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Data Analysis, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy and Data Analysis. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Lab Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Lab Technologists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 62 percent above the national average. 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. In Cincinnati, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Chicago (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

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$36,000

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

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$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 205 votes.

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%