Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary

The average Medical Laboratory Scientist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $24.55 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Medical Laboratory Scientists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,796 - $71,408
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MEDIAN: $53,673
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$0$71K
Salary $39,796 - $71,408
Bonus $0.00 - $4,095
Profit Sharing $1,000
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$41,397 - $66,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 151
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $19.90 - $30.73
Hourly Tips $6.00
Overtime $3.12 - $44.37
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,095
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$41,397 - $66,534
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 707

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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.

Medical Laboratory Scientist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Scientist


University of Washington (UW), Sentara Healthcare, Fairview Hospital, Arup Laboratories, and Mercy Hospital are top-notch employers for Medical Laboratory Scientists in this area. Fairview Hospital attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K.

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 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. Those with knowledge of blood bank tend to be skilled in Generalist Duties as well.

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: $52,153

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

For Medical Laboratory Scientists, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Laboratory Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. 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 Rutland:
"Medical technologist."
Pros: Working in healthcare.
Cons: Its hard to get everything done.

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 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
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 104 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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