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Laboratory Assistant Salary (United States)

Laboratory Assistants in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $13.85 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.14 per hour and $19.00. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair portion do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Laboratory Assistants making up 74 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Laboratory Assistant Salary (?
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$21,751 - $47,657
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,636
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Laboratory Assistant Salary (?
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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$10.14 - $19.00
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,751 - $47,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $897  
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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$21,261 - $40,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $19.00  
   
Overtime
$6.56 - $27.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $897  
   
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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$21,261 - $40,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
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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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Though some Laboratory Assistants move into positions like Laboratory Manager (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. Many Laboratory Assistants go on to become Medical Phlebotomists or Phlebotomists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Data Processing, Phlebotomy, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.
Laboratory Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $28K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Laboratory Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $34K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Las Vegas
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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San Diego
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Portland
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Oklahoma City
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Chicago
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San Antonio
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National Average
$30,000
Indianapolis
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Austin
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Baltimore
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St. Louis
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Detroit
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Las Vegas is home to an above-average pay rate for Laboratory Assistants, 25 percent higher than the national average. Laboratory Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Employers pay around 7 percent less in St. Louis and 3 percent less in Baltimore, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
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Phlebotomy
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Data Processing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Data Entry
0%
National Average
$30,000
PCR Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 26%