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Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $16.91 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $12.08 per hour to $22.83. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (72 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,712 - $54,091
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,151
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$12.08 - $22.83
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,712 - $54,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $3,310  
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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$25,703 - $50,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $22.83  
   
Overtime
$7.64 - $35.64  
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 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $3,310  
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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$25,703 - $50,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815

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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. Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Registered Nurses are common next-step roles for Clinical Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Laboratory Technologists is $11K higher on average, and it's $19K higher for Registered Nurses.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technicians report a focused set of job 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 experienced in 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 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Clinical Laboratory Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 160 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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