Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $17.57 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (70 percent). Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,113 - $54,266
$26K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,859
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$12.37 - $24.78
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,113 - $54,266  
   
Bonus
$202.03 - $3,917  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$25,991 - $52,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $24.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$15.15 - $34.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$202.03 - $3,917  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$25,991 - $52,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 741

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Job Description for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

A medical/clinical laboratory technician performs a number of tasks in a medical laboratory within a hospital or other independent medical laboratory setting; their primary focus is generally specimen collection, processing, and handling. The medical laboratory technician is expected to follow all rules and protocols at all times, ensuring quality control for all collected specimens. Medical laboratory technicians also read, understand, analyze, maintain, and record all test results. They also help identify and resolve inconsistencies in patient results after analyzing the reports.

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Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Conduct chemical tests on patient samples according to policies and guidelines.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions and reagents.
  • Maintain laboratory by cleaning and sterilizing the equipment, keeping inventory, and ordering lab supplies.
  • Analyze test results, produce reports, and consult with specialists as needed to reach diagnosis.

Common Career Paths for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


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There are some Clinical Laboratory Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $84K annually. When Clinical Laboratory Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Laboratory Technicians. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $1K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Survey results suggest that Clinical Laboratory Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, Molecular Biology, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Customer Service, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Generalist Duties are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

Pay by Experience for a Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 632 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 196 salaries. An experienced Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 150 salaries. A Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 83 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,333

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

For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Clinical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Richmond (+1 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Salt Lake City (9 percent less).

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Key Stats for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries



Molecular Biology
▲2%

National Average
$37,000

▼1%

Customer Service
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 19%