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Laboratory Assistant Salary

Laboratory Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $13.88 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.25 per hour and $19.08. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Female Laboratory Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$22,500 - $45,828
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MEDIAN: $31,460
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$10.25 - $19.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,500 - $45,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $955  
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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$21,475 - $40,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $19.08  
   
Overtime
$6.50 - $27.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $955  
   
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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$21,475 - $40,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
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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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At the upper end, Laboratory Assistants who move into a Laboratory Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Laboratory Managers is $61K per year. Laboratory Assistants most often move into positions as Medical Phlebotomists or Phlebotomists. Medical Phlebotomists actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Phlebotomists earn $2K less per year than Laboratory Assistants do.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Survey results suggest that Laboratory Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Data Processing, Phlebotomy, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Clinical Data Processing and PCR Analysis. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

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


For many Laboratory Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. For Laboratory Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
up arrow 12%

Data Processing
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$30,000

PCR Analysis
up arrow 3%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%