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Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Median pay for Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.79 per hour. Total cash compensation for Clinical Laboratory Technicians runs from $25K to $50K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $1K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (72 percent).
Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$25,853 - $52,699
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MEDIAN: $35,996
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Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$11.85 - $22.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,853 - $52,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $2,928  
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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$25,280 - $49,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$10.19 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $2,928  
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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$25,280 - $49,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 957
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Physician Assistant. The position pays an average $82K annually. It is quite typical for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Registered Nurses, where reported median earnings are $12K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technicians usually 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 skilled in Generalist Duties are similarly competent 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 Clinical Laboratory Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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Richmond
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Cleveland
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National Average
$36,000
Atlanta
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San Antonio
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Laboratory Technicians, 34 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Shreveport Clinical Laboratory Technicians earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Dallas and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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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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Phlebotomy
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%