Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Average Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States make around $16.89 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.97 per hour on the low end to $22.92 on the high end. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Laboratory Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Laboratory Technicians making up 72 percent.

$25,338 - $53,969
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,557
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$11.97 - $22.92
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,338 - $53,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
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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$25,426 - $50,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $22.92  
   
Overtime
$7.11 - $35.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
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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$25,426 - $50,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808
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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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As Clinical Laboratory Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $82K on average per year. It is quite typical for Clinical Laboratory Technicians to transition into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Registered Nurses, where reported median earnings are $11K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know 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 the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. For Clinical Laboratory Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. As Clinical Laboratory Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in 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 150 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
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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