Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Earnings for Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States come in at around $18.47 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.96 per hour to $24.17. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Medical Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (78 percent). A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,167 - $53,223
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,051
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$13.96 - $24.17
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$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,167 - $53,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,003  
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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$29,111 - $51,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $24.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$4.12 - $35.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $790  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,003  
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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$29,111 - $51,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,424
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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 Laboratory Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. Given that the median pay is $35K, it may be surprising to find that a Clinical Laboratory Technician is the most common role for Medical Laboratory Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Clinical Laboratory Technologist role — which pays $47K — is also typical for Medical Laboratory Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Quest Diagnostics, Idexx Laboratories, Inc., Mercy Hospital, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), and U.S. Navy are top-notch employers for Medical Laboratory Technicians in this area. For Medical Laboratory Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Navy; in fact, average earnings are around $47K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($26K versus $82K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Idexx Laboratories, Inc. at $44K, HCA, Inc. at $44K, and U.S. Army, where Medical Laboratory Technicians annually earn $44K.

Mercy Hospital is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $34K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $21K while workers on the upper end may rake in $46K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Baptist Health at $34K, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) where $38K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Medical Laboratory Technicians there earn up to $58K.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Survey results show that Medical Laboratory Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, blood bank, Microbiology, and Generalist Duties are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry and Generalist. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Medical Laboratory Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Medical Laboratory Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,935

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Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Medical Laboratory Technicians in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), San Antonio (+5 percent), Nashville (+5 percent), and Phoenix (+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 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Birmingham (8 percent less) and Charlotte (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
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blood bank
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Generalist Duties
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Microbiology
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$39,000

Phlebotomy
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Hematology
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Generalist
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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