Medical Technologist Salary

Average Medical Technologists in the United States make around $24.22 per hour. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Medical Technologists survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$39,031 - $71,405
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,377
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$18.66 - $30.50
(Median)
$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,031 - $71,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
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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$39,132 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 648
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.66 - $30.50  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $47.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
   
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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$39,132 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,832

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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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For Medical Technologists who go on to become Laboratory Managers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Laboratory Manager earns $61K annually. Medical Technologists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Medical Technologists, Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Arup Laboratories, HCA, Inc., and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. WellStar Health System offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $60K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include William Beaumont Hospital, HCA, Inc., and Quest Diagnostics, where Medical Technologists typically earn around $53K, $52K, or $51K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. ($42K), Arup Laboratories ($49K), and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) ($51K).

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Most people who know Generalist Duties also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Medical Technologists see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (9 percent lower) and Nashville (6 percent lower).

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%


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 528 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: 56% employee benefits None: 14%