Laboratory Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $14.20 per hour on average. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Female Laboratory Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Work is enjoyable for Laboratory Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While approximately one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,919 - $47,268
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MEDIAN: $33,045
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$10.98 - $19.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,919 - $47,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,758  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$23,137 - $41,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $19.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$14.71 - $28.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,758  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$23,137 - $41,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,079
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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 a much higher $62K per year. Laboratory Assistants most frequently advance into Phlebotomist and Medical Phlebotomist roles even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Laboratory Assistant


Dominating the field, USC University Hospital, LabCorp of America, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Kaiser Permanente, and Quest Diagnostics are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Laboratory Assistants. Kaiser Permanente offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $46K.

Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Microsoft Excel, Equipment Maintenance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, and PCR Analysis. Most people experienced in 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.


Laboratory Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $29K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,262

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Laboratory Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Laboratory Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+19 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (9 percent lower) and Los Angeles (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Specimen Processing
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Equipment Maintenance
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Processing
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Phlebotomy
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National Average
$30,000

Clinical Data Processing
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Customer Service
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Data Entry
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PCR Analysis
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Molecular Biology
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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