Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home approximately $17.01 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $12.25 per hour on the low end to $23.35 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Laboratory Technicians making up 72 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half.

$26,350 - $52,830
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,618
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$12.25 - $23.35
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,350 - $52,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $3,379  
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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$25,924 - $50,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $23.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$8.07 - $34.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$596 - $3,379  
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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$25,924 - $50,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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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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It's not very common for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $83K annually. It is quite typical for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Laboratory Technicians, where reported median earnings are $11K and $1K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. 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 many Clinical Laboratory Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. Clinical Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $43K.

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Experience Affects Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Generalist Duties
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National Average
$37,000

Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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