Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $25.28 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Medical Technologists — including $5K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $69K depending on individual performance. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most Medical Technologists survey respondents are women (74 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Medical Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,132 - $72,174
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$53K
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MEDIAN: $52,738
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$19.50 - $32.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,132 - $72,174  
   
Bonus
$194.89 - $4,847  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,027  
Total Pay (?
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$40,517 - $69,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 706
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.50 - $32.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$8.10 - $46.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$194.89 - $4,847  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,027  
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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$40,517 - $69,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,262
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Medical Technologist


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Although it's unusual, some Medical Technologists transition into jobs as Clinical Laboratory Scientists. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $60K per year, though. The most common promotion for Medical Technologists is Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, a position that typically pays $59K annually. Another standard transition for Medical Technologists seeking advancement is to assume a Medical Laboratory Scientist role, where pay is often $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Many Medical Technologists can be found at Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), HCA, Inc., and Parkland Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Mayo Clinic offers the most; Medical Technologists earn $66K on average there. Other big spenders include Northside Hospital, Covance, Inc, and HCA, Inc., top-paying firms where Medical Technologists see paychecks nearing $59K, $58K, or $58K.

Offering a median salary of only $43K, LabCorp of America pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $34K to $60K is pretty narrow, too. St. John Health System, Arup Laboratories, and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($47K, $47K, and $48K respectively).

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, blood bank, Chemistry, and Hematology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Technologist. Those educated in Generalist Duties tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Technologist

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


Medical Technologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Medical Technologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,181

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For those looking to make money, Medical Technologists in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Cleveland and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Technologist?

Medical Technologist in West Palm Beach:
`"$Fast paced, love working with all the equipment."`
Pros: I love helping people by analyzing their blood, urine or feces because I want to my absolute best for the team and mostly for the patient. I believe in helping others and sometimes people overlook the position, but what they don't realize is that we serve as the core of the hospital, meaning that without me there to do the analysis the doctors would not be able to execute the situation hands on.
Cons: Really nothing that pertains to the work itself. What I don't appreciate is the people who I work with making comments because I care and it sometimes comes across as me being hyper when really it's because they abuse the power and make me do their work as well as mine which I'm happy to do if they would help work as a team and not whisper behind my back. I am taking on way more then people understand without ever once complaining. I feel the lack of respect towards me is asinine.

Medical Technologist in Albuquerque:
`"$Providing Laboratory Services."`
Pros: I get to learn new things everyday. Meet new people. We get to help doctors in diagnosing their patients by providing accurate laboratory results.
Cons: Having patients that won't cooperate with the procedures. Doctors who are impatient with the lab results, constantly scolds and insults.

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.

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Key Stats for Medical Technologist

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 401 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries


▲13%

▲12%

▲8%

▲7%


Microbiologist
▲6%

Team Leadership
▲6%

Generalist
▲3%

Generalist Duties
▼0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$53,000


▼2%

Medical Technologist
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 401 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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