Laboratory Assistant Salary

Laboratory Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.09 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.63 per hour to $19.23. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Laboratory Assistants making up 76 percent. Most Laboratory Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,302 - $48,678
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,915
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$10.63 - $19.23
(Median)
$11
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,302 - $48,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $976  
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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$22,373 - $41,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.63 - $19.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$13.58 - $28.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $976  
   
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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$22,373 - $41,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,327
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Laboratory Manager. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. Laboratory Assistants most often move into Medical Phlebotomist or Phlebotomist roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Laboratory Assistant


The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $46K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at USC University Hospital, where the median salary is a mere $28K, 67 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Specimen Processing, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Phlebotomy, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology, Clinical Data Processing, and PCR Analysis. The majority of those 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.


For Laboratory Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $31K on average. Laboratory Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Laboratory Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $34K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,999

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

For Laboratory Assistants, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Laboratory Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Detroit and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 9 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Specimen Processing
up arrow 14%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Data Processing
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National Average
$30,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

PCR Analysis
up arrow 5%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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