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Laboratory Assistant Salary

Laboratory Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.00 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.37 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.18. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Though the majority of Laboratory Assistants do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most Laboratory Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Some workers in this field — about a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,648 - $44,952
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,662
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$10.37 - $19.18
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,648 - $44,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
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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$21,794 - $41,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $19.18  
   
Overtime
$8.31 - $28.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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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$21,794 - $41,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,085

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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. 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


Laboratory Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Data Processing, Phlebotomy, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Clinical Data Processing, and PCR Analysis. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

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


For Laboratory Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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.

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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%

Data Processing
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 4%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%