Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $19.12 per hour. In the world of Medical Laboratory Technicians, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $53K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,487 - $57,839
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MEDIAN: $38,933
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$14.72 - $24.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,487 - $57,839  
   
Bonus
$351.17 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $29,590  
Total Pay (?
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$30,245 - $53,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $24.93  
   
Overtime
$11.54 - $37.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$351.17 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $29,590  
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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$30,245 - $53,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,787
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Medical Laboratory Technician


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At the upper end, Medical Laboratory Technicians who move into a Laboratory Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Laboratory Managers is a much higher $62K per year. Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Technologists are common next-step roles for Medical Laboratory Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Laboratory Technologists is $7K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Medical Technologists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Quest Diagnostics, Idexx Laboratories, Inc., Baptist Hospital, and U.S. Navy are among the top companies that take on many Medical Laboratory Technicians. The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Navy — the median salary there is $69K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider CSL Behring LLC, U.S. Army, and HCA, Inc., top-paying firms where Medical Laboratory Technicians rake in a respectable $55K, $48K, or $46K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Baptist Health at $34K and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) at $35K, though some Medical Laboratory Technicians there earn up to $62K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Hematology, laboratory, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Data Entry and Phlebotomy as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Generalist Duties are also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Technician

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


For Medical Laboratory Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. Medical Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. 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 $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,124

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+22 percent), Boston (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Nashville (+12 percent). Medical Laboratory Technicians in Ocala make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Birmingham (15 percent less) and Atlanta (10 percent less).

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Key Stats for Medical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲21%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲17%

Hematology
▲11%

laboratory
▲8%

blood bank
▲6%

Troubleshooting
▲6%

Generalist
▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$40,000


▼4%

Data Entry
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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