Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary (United States)

Medical Laboratory Scientists in the United States can typically expect wages of $22.47 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $19.18 per hour to $28.71. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up a slight majority of Medical Laboratory Scientists (57 percent). Most Medical Laboratory Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary (?
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$36,474 - $74,250
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46K
65K
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MEDIAN: $51,835
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Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary (?
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$19.18 - $28.71
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MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
75%
90%
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$36,474 - $74,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,636  
Total Pay (?
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$39,857 - $66,203  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.18 - $28.71  
   
Overtime
$14.06 - $43.37  
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$0.00 - $2,636  
   
Total Pay (?
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$39,857 - $66,203  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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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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 is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Though starting salaries approximate $46K, they climb to $53K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $57K after one to two decades. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Medical Laboratory Scientists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $61K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Medical Laboratory Scientists in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Laboratory Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+7 percent) and Denver (+2 percent).

Medical Laboratory Scientist Reviews

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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