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Laboratory Assistant Salary

Laboratory Assistants in the United States take home an average $14.01 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.37 per hour and $19.22. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Laboratory Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Most Laboratory Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,144 - $46,603
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,034
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$10.37 - $19.22
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,144 - $46,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
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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$21,859 - $41,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $19.22  
   
Overtime
$7.67 - $27.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
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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$21,859 - $41,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,101

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Job Description for Laboratory Assistant

A laboratory assistant generally holds is an entry-level support position requiring a high school diploma (or equivalent) and some college-level lab experience.

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Laboratory Assistant Tasks

  • Create and transmit individual, summary, and inventory reports.
  • Maintain inventory and equipment for the laboratory, including maintenance.
  • Obtain, process, and analyze laboratory specimens, and log all intake and results.
  • Order, distribute, and perform upkeep on stock and inventory.

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Assistant


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Laboratory Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Laboratory Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. A lot of Laboratory Assistants advance their careers by becoming Medical Phlebotomists and Phlebotomists. However, those positions offer $3K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Survey results suggest that Laboratory Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Phlebotomy, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Clinical Data Processing, and PCR Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $29K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Laboratory Assistants make a median salary of $33K. 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 $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Laboratory Assistants, 39 percent above the national average. Laboratory Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (9 percent lower) and St. Louis (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Data Processing
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National Average
$30,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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