Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.47 per hour. Pay ranges from $13.96 per hour on the low end to $24.17 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (78 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,167 - $53,223
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$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,051
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$13.96 - $24.17
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,167 - $53,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,003  
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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$29,111 - $51,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $24.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$4.12 - $35.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,003  
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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$29,111 - $51,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,424
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Job Description for Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians perform standard medical lab tests such as blood tests, immunoassays, and cultures. They must be able to work independently to take lab tests and interpret patient results. They also must work with other health care professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to solve medical problems. Additionally, they are responsible for phlebotomy work, which includes the collection and preparation of patient samples, such as blood, urine, or stool. They must observe patient confidentiality protocols, as they are often working with sensitive personal information.

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Medical Laboratory Technician Tasks

  • Follow health and safety regulations when obtaining patient specimens.
  • Identify and follow through on potential problems that may negatively affect patient test results.
  • Perform calibration, testing, and quality control checks for all laboratory tests.

Common Career Paths for Medical Laboratory Technician


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Medical Laboratory Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Laboratory Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. As Medical Laboratory Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Clinical Laboratory Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $35K. Another common career choice for Medical Laboratory Technicians is to move into a Clinical Laboratory Technologist role — this promotion usually pays $47K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Medical Laboratory Technicians, Quest Diagnostics, Idexx Laboratories, Inc., Mercy Hospital, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), and U.S. Navy are leading firms in the industry. Medical Laboratory Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Navy, where the median salary comes to $47K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($26K) and those starting out ($82K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other big spenders include Idexx Laboratories, Inc., HCA, Inc., and U.S. Army, top-paying firms where Medical Laboratory Technicians see paychecks nearing $44K, $44K, or $44K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Mercy Hospital — the median salary there is $34K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $21K and $46K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Baptist Health at $34K, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) where $38K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Medical Laboratory Technicians there earn up to $58K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, blood bank, Microbiology, and Generalist Duties are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry and Generalist. Most people skilled in Generalist Duties are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Technician

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


Medical Laboratory Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Medical Laboratory Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,935

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Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Laboratory Technicians, 17 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), San Antonio (+5 percent), Nashville (+5 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). Medical Laboratory Technicians in Ocala take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers in Birmingham and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
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blood bank
up arrow 3%

Generalist Duties
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Microbiology
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Phlebotomy
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Hematology
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Generalist
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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