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Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States take home approximately $24.23 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Medical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,104 - $71,180
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,431
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$18.67 - $30.58
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$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,104 - $71,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
Profit Sharing
$239.06 - $6,745  
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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$39,179 - $65,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.67 - $30.58  
   
Overtime
$13.39 - $46.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$239.06 - $6,745  
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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$39,179 - $65,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,955

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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. A common career progression for a Medical Technologist is to become a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor or a Senior Medical Technologist. Compared to Medical Technologists, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists fill the offices of leading firms Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Arup Laboratories, HCA, Inc., and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. Those at WellStar Health System can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K. Soaring salaries can also be found at William Beaumont Hospital, HCA, Inc., and Quest Diagnostics, where earnings of $53K, $53K, or $51K are standard for Medical Technologists.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. ($42K), Arup Laboratories ($48K), and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) ($51K).

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in blood banking, Troubleshooting, serology, and Flow Cytometry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 Medical Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Technologists that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower and 8 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
$51,000



Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

blood banking
up arrow 15%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%

serology
up arrow 9%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 7%

Generalist
up arrow 7%



Hematology
up arrow 6%

Chemistry
up arrow 3%

Microbiology
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 532 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
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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