For Medical Laboratory Scientists, hourly average wages total $24.51 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Medical Laboratory Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Medical Laboratory Scientists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,924 - $72,622
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MEDIAN: $53,491
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,924 - $72,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,146  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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$41,172 - $65,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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$19.75 - $30.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.02  
Overtime
$3.11 - $43.95  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$41,172 - $65,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 667

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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 all popular places to work. For Medical Laboratory Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Fairview Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $65K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Scientist


Survey results imply that Medical Laboratory Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Hematology. It is not unusual for someone who knows blood bank to be familiar with Generalist Duties as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Scientist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $50K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $53K. Medical Laboratory Scientists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $63K.

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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
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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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 17%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 16%


Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

Microbiology
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Generalist Duties
0%

blood bank
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National Average
$52,000

Hematology
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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