Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Earnings for Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States come in at around $16.87 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $12.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.93 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. 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 a majority earn dental coverage. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction.

$25,986 - $53,722
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,209
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$12.02 - $22.93
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$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,986 - $53,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$25,598 - $50,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $22.93  
   
Overtime
$7.00 - $35.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$25,598 - $50,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 793
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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 a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $82K annually. Clinical Laboratory Technicians typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Registered Nurses, and those positions pay $11K more and $19K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Clinical Laboratory Technicians who took the survey. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Generalist Duties tend to be well versed 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Clinical Laboratory Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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