Laboratory Assistant Salary

Laboratory Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $14.01 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.39 per hour and $19.27. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Laboratory Assistants making up 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,302 - $46,247
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,817
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$10.39 - $19.27
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,302 - $46,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
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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$21,798 - $41,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $19.27  
   
Overtime
$11.33 - $28.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
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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$21,798 - $41,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
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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. Laboratory Assistants most often advance into Medical Phlebotomist and Phlebotomist positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Laboratory Assistant


For Laboratory Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, median earnings sit around $46K, the highest in the area.

67 percent lower than the top payer, USC University Hospital offers a median salary of just $28K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Phlebotomy, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Clinical Data Processing, Customer Service, and PCR Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Laboratory Assistants that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Sacramento offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Laboratory Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
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Phlebotomy
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$30,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 26%
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