Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $16.87 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.00 per hour, and the top verges on $23.08. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Laboratory Technicians making up 72 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$25,941 - $53,258

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$12.00 - $23.08

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,941 - $53,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $3,356  
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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$25,563 - $50,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $23.08  
   
Overtime
$7.06 - $35.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $3,356  
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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$25,563 - $50,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 792
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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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For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $82K annually. Typical career progression for a Clinical Laboratory Technician involves becoming a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Registered Nurse, roles that pay $11K more and $19K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Generalist Duties, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. On average, Clinical Laboratory Technicians make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $43K.

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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 147 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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