Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical Salary
Job Description for Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical
A medical/clinical laboratory supervisor is responsible for managing all aspects of the lab, including ensuring quality control and that proper protocols are being followed. They compile data and ensure it is collected following approved protocols. Supervising and managing technicians is a prominent part of the job. Laboratory supervisors are also responsible for scheduling staff, scheduling procedures and trials, making reports to various entities within the organization, and ordering supplies. They also ensure the facility is clean and adheres to regulatory guidelines. These supervisors may also be required to work with test subjects and patients.Read More...
Hospitals and private companies are typical employers of medical/clinical laboratory supervisors. Hospitals generally deal with patients, while the private companies are focused more on individual trials and getting products to market.
Most laboratory supervisors have a background working in laboratories as a technician or research assistant. Employers typically prefer a bachelor's degree in a related field (such as medical technology), and previous experience supervising others in a lab setting is preferred. Laboratory supervisor positions may require certifications such as Registered Medical Technologist or Medical Lab Technologist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Supervising a laboratory within the medical field requires a strict attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and good interpersonal abilities. Strong computer skills are essential, as laboratory supervisors use computers to access databases, prepare reports, and create schedules.
Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical Tasks
- Assign, oversee and supervise all phases of work, quality, service, and costs of the lab.
- Run and direct experiments / studies and supervise employees.
- Maintain and monitor all laboratory instruments.
Common Career Paths for Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical
While Clinical Laboratory Supervisors do not often become Laboratory Directors, the job pays $91K per year on average. Clinical Laboratory Supervisors most frequently become Laboratory Managers and Medical Lab Managers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $5K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical
Clinical Laboratory Supervisors flock to Quest Diagnostics for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $82K lead the pack in compensation.
Popular Skills for Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical
Survey results suggest that Clinical Laboratory Supervisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Project Management, Clinical Supervision, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Operations Management and Phlebotomy also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Project Management and Budget Management. Most people skilled in Clinical Supervision are similarly competent in Budget Management and Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Clinical Laboratory Supervisors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $58K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Clinical Laboratory Supervisors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Clinical Laboratory Supervisors that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Laboratory Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Tampa (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (10 percent less) and Houston (7 percent less).
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