Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary

Earnings for Medical Laboratory Scientists in the United States come in at around $23.46 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. More than half of Medical Laboratory Scientists (62 percent) survey participants are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Medical Laboratory Scientists is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,922 - $74,432
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$40K
$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $53,439
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$19.18 - $29.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,922 - $74,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$1,850  
Total Pay (?
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$40,112 - $65,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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Hourly Rate
$19.18 - $29.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.02  
Overtime
$11.10 - $43.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,850  
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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$40,112 - $65,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 562
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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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Medical Laboratory Scientists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, blood bank, Generalist Duties, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microbiology.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $53K on average. On average, Medical Laboratory Scientists make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Medical Laboratory Scientists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $62K.

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
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

blood bank
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Generalist Duties
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National Average
$50,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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