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Medical Technologist Salary

For Medical Technologists, hourly average wages total $24.09 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Medical Technologists survey respondents are women (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$38,942 - $71,297
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MEDIAN: $51,221
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$18.66 - $30.39
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,942 - $71,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $981  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $6,904  
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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$39,102 - $65,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.66 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $46.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $981  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $6,904  
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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$39,102 - $65,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,413
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Job Description for Medical Technologist

Medical technologists work on the side of the hospital that isn’t commonly seen by patients. They run tests, processes samples, and provide information about patients' conditions to doctors. The typical day for a medical technologist includes receiving samples that have been collected from doctors and examining them under a microscope or other device. After the examination, the technologist makes a diagnosis based on the sample. The diagnosis is sent back to the requesting physician, and it is then used to determine what is wrong with a certain patient.

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Medical Technologist Tasks

  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
  • Evaluate and interpret laboratory test results.
  • Maintain laboratory and laboratory equipment.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists flock to Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Arup Laboratories, HCA, Inc., and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. WellStar Health System offers the largest salaries in town — $60K on average. William Beaumont Hospital, Quest Diagnostics, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) also offer top salaries for Medical Technologists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $53K, $51K, and $49K, respectively.

Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., HCA, Inc., and Arup Laboratories also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $42K, $47K, and $47K.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey results imply that Medical Technologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, blood banking, serology, and Flow Cytometry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Generalist Duties are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Technologist

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


For many Medical Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Medical Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Medical Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Pittsburgh (8 percent less).

Medical Technologist Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Technologist?
Medical Technologist in Camden:
"Ever-changing Field."
Pros: I enjoy helping people not just within the lab but outside the lab as well. This field is always evolving with new technological advances and new diagnoses of different medical issues. This field takes a lot of effort because you have to use your analytical senses.
Cons: N/A.
Medical Technologist in Denver:
"Part of a team."
Pros: When I leave work, I am able to leave the work behind. No longer have piles of paperwork, tasks, meetings, etc waiting for me when I return to work.
Cons: Unreliable co-workers. Being late, calling in sick, etc automatically make it harder on co-workers who have to pick up the slack and bear more of the burden of the position.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 16%

blood banking
up arrow 10%

serology
up arrow 10%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 8%


Hematology
up arrow 4%

Microbiology
up arrow 2%

Chemistry
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Generalist Duties
0%

National Average
$51,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%