Laboratory Assistant Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Laboratory Assistants in the United States typically come in around $13.85 per hour. The top of the range reaches $19.00, and the bottom approaches $10.14 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a quarter lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Laboratory Assistants making up 74 percent of workers. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Assistants is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Laboratory Assistant Salary (?
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$21,751 - $47,657
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MEDIAN: $31,636
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Laboratory Assistant Salary (?
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$10.14 - $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,751 - $47,657  
   
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$0.00 - $897  
Total Pay (?
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$21,261 - $40,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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$10.14 - $19.00  
   
Overtime
$6.56 - $27.92  
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$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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While not commonly found, Laboratory Assistants who move on to become Laboratory Managers bring in an additional $31K annually. More commonly, Laboratory Assistants take pay cuts as they move into roles as Medical Phlebotomists or Phlebotomists, making $3,058 or $1,684 less per year, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant

Survey results show that Laboratory Assistants use a fair number of skills. Specimen Processing is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include PCR Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $28K to $30K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $33K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Laboratory Assistants at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $34K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Oklahoma City
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Chicago
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National Average
$30,000
Indianapolis
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For Laboratory Assistants, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Laboratory Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (-7 percent) and Baltimore (-3 percent).

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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
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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%