Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Median pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States is around $18.28 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $13.76 per hour and $23.59. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,739 - $54,009
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,965
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$13.76 - $23.59
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,739 - $54,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $734  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,067  
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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$28,731 - $50,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$7.83 - $34.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $734  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,067  
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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$28,731 - $50,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,095
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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 Clinical Laboratory Scientist, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Clinical Laboratory Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $35K on average. The Clinical Laboratory Technologist position is another common transition for Medical Laboratory Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $47K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Medical Laboratory Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Idexx Laboratories, Inc., where the average salary comes to $44K.

Quest Diagnostics is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $38K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $25K while workers on the upper end may rake in $55K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Medical Laboratory Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, blood bank, Generalist Duties, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Generalist Duties tend to be well versed 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Laboratory Technicians make a median salary of $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Medical Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Laboratory Technicians, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+11 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Nashville (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Ocala Medical Laboratory Technicians earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Birmingham (6 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
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blood bank
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Generalist Duties
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$38,000

Phlebotomy
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Hematology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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