Laboratory Assistant Salary

Average Laboratory Assistants in the United States make around $13.98 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.39 per hour and $19.21. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Most Laboratory Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,295 - $46,197

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$10.39 - $19.21

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,295 - $46,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
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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$21,782 - $41,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $19.21  
   
Overtime
$11.48 - $28.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
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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$21,782 - $41,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,151
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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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For Laboratory Assistants, progressing to a Laboratory Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Laboratory Manager can earn $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 Employer Salaries for Laboratory Assistant


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Kaiser Permanente offers the most; Laboratory Assistants earn $46K on average there.

The lowest pay by far can be found at USC University Hospital — this employer offers a median salary of $28K, 67 percent less than the top paying company.

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, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Phlebotomy, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Clinical Data Processing, Customer Service, and PCR Analysis. Those proficient in Data Entry are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Laboratory Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $30K. Laboratory Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Laboratory Assistants, Sacramento offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Laboratory Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Tampa and 8 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
up arrow 11%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Data Processing
0%

National Average
$30,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Clinical Data Processing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 26%
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