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Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $18.21 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $13.73 per hour and $23.42. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,375 - $53,157
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,601
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$13.73 - $23.42
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,375 - $53,157  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $698  
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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$28,574 - $50,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $23.42  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $34.80  
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 - $698  
   
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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$28,574 - $50,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,026

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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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While Medical Laboratory Technicians do not often become Clinical Laboratory Supervisors, the job pays $57K per year on average. More often than not, a Clinical Laboratory Technician role is the next step for Medical Laboratory Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Clinical Laboratory Technicians is usually $35K. Many Medical Laboratory Technicians choose to take on a Clinical Laboratory Technologist role instead, where salaries are typically $47K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Idexx Laboratories, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $44K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Quest Diagnostics — the median salary there is $38K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $25K and $55K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Medical Laboratory Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, blood bank, Generalist Duties, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Generalist Duties also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. Medical Laboratory Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Laboratory Technicians, 14 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+12 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and San Antonio (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Medical Laboratory Technician's salary, with Ocala Medical Laboratory Technicians earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Houston and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
up arrow 4%

blood bank
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Generalist Duties
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Hematology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 362 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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