Medical Laboratory Technician Salary
Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.29 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. For the most part, Medical Laboratory Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$25,551 - $57,769|
|Bonus||$357.45 - $4,989|
|Total Pay (||$30,480 - $54,031|
|Hourly Rate||$14.90 - $25.32|
|Overtime||$10.85 - $38.37|
|Bonus||$357.45 - $4,989|
|Total Pay (||$30,480 - $54,031|
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.Read More...
Outside of patient responsibilities, these technicians are also responsible for ensuring the equipment inside the lab works properly by periodically calibrating and testing it. They are also expected to know how to troubleshoot problematic equipment, evaluate new laboratory methods and equipment, and train new assistants and technicians on current operations.
Candidates for medical laboratory technician positions must be able to function in a stressful environment, be prepared to take on shifts at any time of the day or night, and be prepared to work periodic overtime. Flexibility with hours is particularly important at facilities staffed around the clock, such as hospitals. In addition, the candidate must be physically able to remain on their feet for most of the day, and be prepared to lift and carry lab samples or equipment from one location to another. They must also have good interpersonal skills, as they must interact with patients and their families on a day-to-day basis. It is also helpful to have strong leadership skills, as technicians will most likely supervise laboratory assistants and must be comfortable with delegating tasks and organizing work low.
In most laboratories, an associate's degree is necessary, most preferably in clinical laboratory technology (CLT) or a medical laboratory technology (MLT) program. In addition, candidates must either have, or be willing to obtain, national accreditation. Two appropriate certification options include the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the National Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA). As for experience, the minimum is one to two years in a related field, and three to five years in microbiology or a similar field is preferred. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
For Medical Laboratory Technicians, progressing to a Laboratory Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Laboratory Manager can earn $62K annually. Medical Laboratory Technicians most often move into positions as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Technologists; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $12K higher, respectively.
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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 top-notch employers for Medical Laboratory Technicians in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Navy offers the most; Medical Laboratory Technicians earn $69K on average there. CSL Behring LLC, U.S. Army, and HCA, Inc. also offer top salaries for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $55K, $48K, and $46K, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Baptist Health at $34K, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) where $35K is the norm, but it is worth noting that 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 7 percent and 16 percent. Data Entry and Phlebotomy as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Generalist Duties also know Phlebotomy.
Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Technician
Pay by Experience for a Medical Laboratory Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Laboratory Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 1,216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Laboratory Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 473 salaries. An experienced Medical Laboratory Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 403 salaries. A Medical Laboratory Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 326 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+21 percent), Boston (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Nashville (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Ocala Medical Laboratory Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Birmingham and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.
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