Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States take home approximately $24.45 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $18.75 per hour on the low end to $30.90 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by career duration and geographic location. Female Medical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The majority of Medical Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,386 - $71,754
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,187
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$18.75 - $30.90
(Median)
$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,386 - $71,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,878  
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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$39,356 - $66,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 945
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.75 - $30.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46  
Overtime
$11.22 - $46.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,878  
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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$39,356 - $66,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,086
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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.

Common Career Paths for Medical Technologist


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At the upper end, Medical Technologists who move into a Laboratory Manager role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Medical Technologist often leads to becoming a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor or a Senior Medical Technologist; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Arup Laboratories, and HCA, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Medical Technologists. For Medical Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Covance, Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries at Mayo Clinic (+$58K), HCA, Inc. (+$54K), and WellStar Health System (+$54K).

The smallest paychecks can be found at Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. — the median salary there is $44K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $36K and $63K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include LabCorp of America at $45K, St. John Health System at $46K, and CHS, Inc., where $47K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey results imply that Medical Technologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, Troubleshooting, blood banking, and Generalist are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. For most people, competency in Generalist Duties indicates knowledge of 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Technologists make a median salary of $55K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,511

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For those looking to make money, Medical Technologists in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Baltimore (+4 percent). In Austin, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. San Antonio and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Technologist Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Technologist?

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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Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 19%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

blood banking
up arrow 13%

Generalist
up arrow 9%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 9%



Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
up arrow 2%

Generalist Duties
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$52,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microbiologist
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 604 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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