Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.17 per hour. Compensation ranges from $13.70 per hour on the lower end to $23.40 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Laboratory Technicians. Female Medical Laboratory Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,985 - $52,573
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,559
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$13.70 - $23.40
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,985 - $52,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $721  
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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$28,570 - $50,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $23.40  
   
Overtime
$7.76 - $34.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $721  
   
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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$28,570 - $50,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,990

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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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There are some Medical Laboratory Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Laboratory Supervisors, where earnings are an average $57K 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


Those at Idexx Laboratories, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $47K.

Quest Diagnostics offers the smallest salaries in town — $38K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $25K to $55K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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. Those familiar with Generalist Duties also tend to know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Medical Laboratory Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Medical Laboratory Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Laboratory Technicians, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Cleveland (+5 percent). Medical Laboratory Technicians in Ocala take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than 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
up arrow 5%

blood bank
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Generalist Duties
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Hematology
0%

National Average
$38,000

Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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: 17%