Pay for Medical Laboratory Scientists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $24.34 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more female Medical Laboratory Scientists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,701 - $74,294
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MEDIAN: $53,742
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,701 - $74,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,012  
Profit Sharing
$1,850  
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$40,832 - $65,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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$19.58 - $30.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.02  
Overtime
$3.08 - $44.03  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,850  
Total Pay (?
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$40,832 - $65,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 652

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Medical Laboratory Scientists include University of Washington (UW), Sentara Healthcare, Arup Laboratories, Mercy Hospital, and University of Colorado Hospital. Medical Laboratory Scientists in search of the best pay head to University of Washington (UW), where the median salary rolls in at $59K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $81K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $51K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Scientist


Medical Laboratory Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 16 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Employees educated in blood bank are typically practiced in Generalist Duties, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Scientist

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


Medical Laboratory Scientists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Medical Laboratory Scientists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $50K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $53K. Medical Laboratory Scientists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $63K.

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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 22%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Chemistry
up arrow 23%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 16%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

blood bank
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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Generalist Duties
0%

Microbiology
0%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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