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Medical Laboratory Technician Salary (United States)

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.08 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.61 per hour, and the top verges on $23.24. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. The majority of Medical Laboratory Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Medical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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$25,782 - $51,911
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $38,190
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Medical Laboratory Technician Salary (?
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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$13.61 - $23.24
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,782 - $51,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $2,000  
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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$28,366 - $49,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $23.24  
   
Overtime
$8.42 - $34.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $2,000  
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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$28,366 - $49,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,803
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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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Though some Medical Laboratory Technicians move into positions like Clinical Laboratory Supervisor (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $40K), 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 $56K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, blood bank, Generalist Duties, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. Medical Laboratory Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. 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 $45K.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Cleveland
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Austin
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Columbus
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Memphis
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National Average
$38,000
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Birmingham
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For Medical Laboratory Technicians, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Cleveland (+9 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). Birmingham is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average.

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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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Phlebotomy
0%
Hematology
0%
National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
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: 50% employee benefits None: 18%