Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

An average Medical Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.29 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.77 per hour and $23.62. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (77 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,176 - $52,438
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,889
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$13.77 - $23.62
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,176 - $52,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $708  
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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$28,792 - $50,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $23.62  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $35.04  
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 - $708  
   
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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$28,792 - $50,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 who transition into a Clinical Laboratory Scientist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. 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. offers the largest salaries in town — $44K on average.

Offering a median salary of only $38K, Quest Diagnostics gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $25K to $55K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. Medical Laboratory Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Laboratory Technicians, 12 percent higher than the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), Columbus (+8 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Nashville (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Medical Laboratory Technicians in Ocala earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Birmingham and Houston (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Microbiology
up arrow 4%

blood bank
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Generalist Duties
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Hematology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 358 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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