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Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary

An average Medical Laboratory Scientist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $23.01 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Medical Laboratory Scientists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (60 percent) are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,036 - $75,884
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$39K
$53K
$76K
MEDIAN: $52,949
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$19.03 - $29.25
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,036 - $75,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$1,050 - $6,000  
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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$39,696 - $67,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Hourly Rate
$19.03 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$9.26 - $44.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050 - $6,000  
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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$39,696 - $67,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336

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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

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

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Survey takers who work as Medical Laboratory Scientists typically report just a few professional skills. Generalist Duties and Microbiology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Medical Laboratory Scientists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. Medical Laboratory Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. 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 $62K.

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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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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries


National Average
$50,000

Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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