Laboratory Assistant Salary (United States)

Laboratory Assistants in the United States usually make around $13.85 per hour. The range in pay spans from $10.14 per hour to $19.00. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 26 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Laboratory Assistants are women (74 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Laboratory Assistants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of 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 (?
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $19.00  
   
Overtime
$6.56 - $27.92  
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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  
PayScale
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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Laboratory Assistants who transition into Laboratory Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $31K per year. Laboratory Assistants most often move into positions as Medical Phlebotomists or Phlebotomists, where they typically take pay cuts of $3,058 or $1,684 per year.

Laboratory Assistant Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Specimen Processing is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PCR Analysis. Most people who know 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.
Laboratory Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. New salaries start at $28K and reach $30K in five to 10 years. Salary comes to $33K after 10 to 20 years. 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. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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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St. Louis
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Detroit
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For those looking to make money, Laboratory Assistants in Las Vegas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Diego are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Laboratory Assistants earning around 21 percent, 18 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -7 percent in St. Louis and -3 percent 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
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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%
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