For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, hourly average wages total $17.59 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Clinical Laboratory Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$26,173 - $53,249
$26K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,154
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50%
90%

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$12.31 - $24.66
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.59
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,173 - $53,249  
   
Bonus
$199.11 - $3,959  
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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$25,904 - $52,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$15.29 - $34.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$199.11 - $3,959  
   
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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$25,904 - $52,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 751

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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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It's not very common for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $84K annually. More often, however, Clinical Laboratory Technicians go on to become Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Laboratory Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 who know Generalist Duties also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Clinical Laboratory Technicians see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $39K. Clinical Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Clinical Laboratory Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $48K.

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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 81 votes.
045
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries



Molecular Biology
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National Average
$37,000


Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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