Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $17.44 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Laboratory Technicians making up 70 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,733 - $53,844
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,739
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$12.23 - $24.45
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,733 - $53,844  
   
Bonus
$196.90 - $4,146  
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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$25,701 - $52,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $24.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$14.93 - $35.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$196.90 - $4,146  
   
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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$25,701 - $52,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 700
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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

  • 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.
  • Conduct chemical tests on patient samples according to policies and guidelines.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions and reagents.

Common Career Paths for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Clinical Laboratory Technicians sometimes become Physician Assistants, where the average income is $84K per year. Career advancement for the typical Clinical Laboratory Technician often leads to becoming a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Medical Laboratory Technician; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Molecular Biology, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Customer Service and Phlebotomy as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Generalist Duties are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

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


For many Clinical Laboratory Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $38K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. As Clinical Laboratory Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $48K.

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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
up arrow 9%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Generalist Duties
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National Average
$37,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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