Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician Salary

The average Clinical Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.01 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.25 per hour on the low end to $23.35 on the high end. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$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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While not commonly seen, Clinical Laboratory Technicians who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $83K per year. A common career progression for a Clinical Laboratory Technician is to become a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Medical Laboratory Technician. Compared to Clinical Laboratory Technicians, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $1K more.

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Popular Skills for Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician


Professional skills reported by Clinical Laboratory Technicians are few in number. Those who have experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phlebotomy. It is often found that people who know Generalist Duties are 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $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
0%

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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