Laboratory Assistant Salary

The average Laboratory Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.51 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Assistants is high. One in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Female Laboratory Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,058 - $47,479
$24K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,925
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$11.02 - $19.23
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MEDIAN: $14.51
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$0$47K
Salary $24,058 - $47,479
Bonus $0.00 - $3,858
Profit Sharing $550
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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$23,218 - $41,585
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 144
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $11.02 - $19.23
Overtime $15.10 - $29.91
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,858
Profit Sharing $550
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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$23,218 - $41,585
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,115

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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

  • Obtain, process, and analyze laboratory specimens, and log all intake and results.
  • Order, distribute, and perform upkeep on stock and inventory.
  • Create and transmit individual, summary, and inventory reports.
  • Maintain inventory and equipment for the laboratory, including maintenance.

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 $62K annually. Many Laboratory Assistants go on to become Phlebotomists or Medical Phlebotomists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Laboratory Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Laboratory Assistant


LabCorp of America, Quest Diagnostics, USC University Hospital, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Laboratory Assistants. Kaiser Permanente leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $46K. Also paying near the top of the field are Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) at $33K, St. John Health System at $33K, and Quest Diagnostics, where Laboratory Assistants annually earn $33K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. at $30K, and LabCorp of America where $32K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Laboratory Assistants there earn up to $52K.

Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis and PCR Analysis. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Laboratory Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Laboratory Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 820 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Laboratory Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced Laboratory Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 204 salaries. A Laboratory Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 84 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

23%

16%

15%

7%

5%

-1%

-4%

-12%

-13%

National Average: $30,892

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

For Laboratory Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Laboratory Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Detroit and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Laboratory Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Laboratory Assistant?

Laboratory Assistant in Norman:
"I like it."
Pros: I have a sense of accomplishment with my daily tasks.
Cons: I don't feel appreciated and or compensated well.

Laboratory Assistant in Miami:
"Iffy."
Pros: Affordable health and visual insurance and metrorail pass.
Cons: The people talk bad about each other all the time. The pay is terrible and no raises.

Laboratory Assistant in Hemet:
Pros: Working the chemistry department.
Cons: Lazy coworkers.

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Key Stats for Laboratory Assistant

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Biotechnology
▲8%

Microbiology
▲5%

Molecular Biology
▲4%


Microsoft Excel
▲1%


▼0%


Equipment Maintenance
▼0%

National Average
$31,000


Specimen Processing
▼2%

▼3%

PCR Analysis
▼7%

Data Analysis
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 25%
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