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Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $16.92 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.05 per hour, and the top verges on $22.81. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (71 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,890 - $53,989
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,221
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$12.05 - $22.81
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,890 - $53,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $3,310  
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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$25,648 - $50,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $22.81  
   
Overtime
$7.83 - $35.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $3,310  
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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$25,648 - $50,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 821

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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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Clinical Laboratory Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $82K per year. It is quite typical for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Registered Nurses, where reported median earnings are $11K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Generalist Duties, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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.


Clinical Laboratory Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Clinical Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Clinical Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

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Experience Affects Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Generalist Duties
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$36,000

Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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