Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $18.32 per hour. Earnings sit near $13.81 per hour on the lower side but can approach $23.69 on the higher side. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Laboratory Technicians making up 78 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,231 - $52,355

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$13.81 - $23.69

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,231 - $52,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $721  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
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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$28,848 - $50,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $23.69  
   
Overtime
$7.73 - $35.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $721  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
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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$28,848 - $50,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,131
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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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For Medical Laboratory Technicians, progressing to a Clinical Laboratory Scientist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Laboratory Scientist can earn $59K annually. A Clinical Laboratory Technician role is the most common promotion for Medical Laboratory Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $35K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Medical Laboratory Technicians is a Clinical Laboratory Technologist position, where earnings are usually $47K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician


Idexx Laboratories, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $48K.

With a median salary of only $38K, Quest Diagnostics pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $25K to $55K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician


Survey results suggest that Medical Laboratory Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microbiology, blood bank, Generalist Duties, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Generalist Duties indicates knowledge of 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


Home to some of the best pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Columbus (+7 percent), Nashville (+6 percent), San Antonio (+6 percent), and Chicago (+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. Birmingham and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 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%

Generalist Duties
up arrow 2%

blood bank
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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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
78 %
Male
22 %

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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