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.

$25,551 - $57,769
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $39,220
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$14.90 - $25.32
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$0$57K
Salary $25,551 - $57,769
Bonus $357.45 - $4,989
Profit Sharing $1,000
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$30,480 - $54,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 304
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.90 - $25.32
Overtime $10.85 - $38.37
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $357.45 - $4,989
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$30,480 - $54,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,817

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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

  • 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


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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.

Medical Laboratory Technician Job Listings

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

National Average: $40,423

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Medical Laboratory Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Medical Laboratory Technician in Wetumpka:
"Laboratory Analysis is both intriguing and satisfying."
Pros: Aplying clinical and technical knowledge alongside intelligent and dedicated coworkers within a professional, well kept, and fairly comprehensive facility with the objective of improving the health of fellow humans.
Cons: As an urgent care facility, priority tends to be on addressing the patients ' foremost health complaint with quality, but also as fast as possible, which at times has compromised the necessary and accurate data the lab is responsible to furnish.

Medical Laboratory Technician in Norfolk:
Pros: Getting to meet new people and help patients with their fear of needles.
Cons: Bodily fluids, little job satisfaction, difficult patients, biohazardous materials, loud machinery, little respect in the medical community.

Medical Laboratory Technician in Duluth:
Pros: I love that I am helping. I find the job very rewarding and I'm always learning something.
Cons: Sometimes it can be tedious but that's ok.

Medical Laboratory Technician in Charlotte:
"It's a good job."
Pros: The importance, the skills required, the routine.
Cons: The stress and the pay, the fact that you're viewed as the least important part of the hospital even though you are essential for diagnosis and treatment, no respect from doctors or nurses.

Medical Laboratory Technician in Cleveland:
"Yes."
Pros: Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you work in a team.
Cons: Everything is not awesome, everything is not cool when you work in a team.

Medical Laboratory Technician in Birmingham:
"Employer Assessment."
Pros: Relative (albeit marginal) autonomy.
Cons: 1) The state of understaffing (and rate of personnel turnover) in this hospital laboratory, making for perpetual job stress. 2) the burden of microbiology setups on second shift.

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Key Stats for Medical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲16%

Hematology
▲10%

laboratory
▲7%

blood bank
▲5%

Troubleshooting
▲5%

Generalist
▲3%


▼0%

National Average
$40,000


▼5%

Data Entry
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 19%
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