Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Additionally, the medical laboratory technician must be (or become) proficient in operating and maintaining all relevant laboratory equipment. In addition, they run regular quality-control tests on the equipment to ensure the highest possible accuracy from the specimen testing procedures. The technician also diagnoses and fixes any issues that are found during the quality-control testing process. The medical laboratory technician must be proficient in clerical duties such as recording and reporting specimen data, compiling and submitting scheduled weekly and/or monthly reports, maintaining the file system, making copies, and other duties when needed.Work hours for this position are usually regular weekday shifts, with some on-call time scheduled for weekends and holidays as needed.
Medical laboratory technicians are usually required to have either an associate's or bachelor's degree in medical technology, life sciences, or a similar fields; certification as a clinical laboratory technician may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.
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
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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