Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary

An average Medical Laboratory Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $24.57 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Medical Laboratory Scientists (69 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,864 - $70,573
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MEDIAN: $53,495
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,864 - $70,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,879  
Profit Sharing
$1,450  
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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$41,236 - $66,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $30.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.02  
Overtime
$5.38 - $44.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,879  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,450  
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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$41,236 - $66,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 645

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Job Description for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Medical laboratory scientists are responsible for performing laboratory tasks related to the medical field for their organization. They are in charge of completing routine medical analysis, quality control testing, and other research activities. Medical laboratory scientists need to pay strong attention to detail to prevent human error, as well as laboratory instrument failure. These professionals also collect specimens, and process them accordingly. In all tasks, the medical laboratory scientists must follow strict privacy and safety protocols to avoid laboratory and material contamination.

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Medical Laboratory Scientist Tasks

  • Perform medical testing, scientific examinations, and molecular diagnostics.
  • Enter results data and ensure accuracy of test results.
  • Assess functionality of, maintain, and adjust laboratory equipment.
  • Collect and analyze body fluid samples for various diseases, deficiencies, and drug levels.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Scientist


University of Washington (UW), Sentara Healthcare, Fairview Hospital, Arup Laboratories, and Mercy Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Medical Laboratory Scientists. Fairview Hospital offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $65K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Scientist


Survey results show that Medical Laboratory Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Hematology. Blood bank and Generalist Duties are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Laboratory Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Laboratory Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 492 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Laboratory Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 219 salaries. An experienced Medical Laboratory Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 135 salaries. A Medical Laboratory Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,137

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Medical Laboratory Scientists will find that Denver offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Medical Laboratory Scientists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Chicago and 3 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Laboratory Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Rochester:
"Unsung Heroes Of Medicine, People In The Background."
Pros: Day to day there is always something new. Always something to challenge your mind. The fact when someone ask what you do for a living you can say "I'm a Medical Laboratory Scientist" Knowing that 70% of the data you produce is used to make the diagnosis on patient and without that data, doctors are just guessing blindly. I also the love the consultation that goes on between the doctor and the laboratory. I have had numerous instances where a doctor comes in and say this patient has these symptoms/results. What are your suggestions.
Cons: Do NOT confuse us with a Medical Laboratory Technician's. MLS or MT's are far more educated and have practiced our theory not only in school but also in the laboratory before we even graduate. We have just as much if not more education than an nurse but yet MLS/MT's are not well recognized by the public for the work that we do. Doctors and nurses usually get all the credit, simply because they are in the publics eye. Most of us are constantly overworked because of the shortage in our field. Currently there are not enough new MLS's graduates to replace the baby boomers. Thus biology/chemistry majors are being substituted in, which dilute the work field and in the end lowers the wages of a MT/ MLS professional result in low morale.

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Kirksville:
"Health Care, Making A Difference With Limited Patient Contact."
Pros: Feeling like I make a difference in people's lives, fast paced, every day is different.
Cons: Pay isn't as high as other health care jobs, under appreciated.

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Key Stats for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

▲22%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$52,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Chemistry
▲22%

Molecular Biology
▲12%


Team Leadership
▲4%

▲3%

Phlebotomy
▲1%

Generalist Duties
▼0%

blood bank
▼0%

National Average
$52,000

Hematology
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 10%