Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

The average Clinical Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.83 per hour. In the world of Clinical Laboratory Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $50K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (71 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$26,990 - $53,947
(Median)
$27K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,825
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$11.89 - $22.74
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$26,990 - $53,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,285  
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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$25,516 - $50,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $22.74  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $35.66  
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 - $1,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,285  
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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$25,516 - $50,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 830

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $82K annually. The most common next step for a Clinical Laboratory Technician is to become a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Registered Nurse. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $19K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Survey results show that Clinical Laboratory Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Generalist Duties, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Generalist Duties are, more often than not, also skilled 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $41K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 169 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: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%