Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

The average Clinical Laboratory Technician in the United States earns approximately $17.83 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Female Clinical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,521 - $58,197
$29K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,715
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$12.58 - $24.72
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MEDIAN: $17.83
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$0$58K
Salary $28,521 - $58,197
Bonus $206.64 - $4,041
Profit Sharing $1,017
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$26,643 - $52,600
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 255
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.58 - $24.72
Overtime $15.21 - $34.89
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $206.64 - $4,041
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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$26,643 - $52,600
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 845

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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. 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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, Molecular Biology, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service and Phlebotomy as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically 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: $38,015

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

Philadelphia offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Laboratory Technicians, 13 percent above the national average. Clinical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent) and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Charlotte and Salt Lake City (11 percent lower).

Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician?

Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician in Winston-Salem:
"Life in the lab."
Pros: Working with patients ins the best part about the job.
Cons: Lack of training and advancement.

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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 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲26%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries



Molecular Biology
▼0%

National Average
$38,000

▼3%

Customer Service
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 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: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 18%
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