Medical Laboratory Technician Salary

The average Medical Laboratory Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.15 per hour. Total cash compensation to Medical Laboratory Technicians bottoms out near $30K and approaches $53K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $30K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Medical Laboratory Technicians survey respondents are women (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Medical Laboratory Technicians is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,900 - $58,399
$26K
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$58K
MEDIAN: $39,378
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$14.83 - $25.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,900 - $58,399  
   
Bonus
$357.45 - $4,989  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$30,443 - $53,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $25.07  
   
Overtime
$11.62 - $38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$357.45 - $4,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$30,443 - $53,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,880

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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 who go on to become Laboratory Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Laboratory Managers is $62K annually. Medical Laboratory Technicians typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Technologists, and those positions pay $7K more and $12K more, 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 among the top companies that take on many Medical Laboratory Technicians. Those at U.S. Navy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K. Also paying near the top of the field are CSL Behring LLC at $55K, U.S. Army at $48K, and HCA, Inc., where Medical Laboratory Technicians annually earn $46K.

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 results imply that Medical Laboratory Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Hematology, laboratory, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Data Entry and Phlebotomy as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Generalist Duties also tend to 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: $40,201

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For those looking to make money, Medical Laboratory Technicians in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+22 percent), Boston (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Nashville (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Ocala, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Birmingham and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Medical Laboratory Technician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

▲21%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲17%

Hematology
▲10%

laboratory
▲8%

blood bank
▲6%

Troubleshooting
▲6%

Generalist
▲3%


▲1%

National Average
$40,000


▼4%

Data Entry
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 19%
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