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Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $24.23 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 72 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,084 - $71,062
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,385
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$18.68 - $30.56
(Median)
$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,084 - $71,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
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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$39,201 - $65,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 693
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.68 - $30.56  
   
Overtime
$12.94 - $46.81  
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 - $999  
   
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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$39,201 - $65,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,023
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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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Medical Technologists who become Laboratory Managers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $61K per year. Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists are common next-step roles for Medical Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Clinical Laboratory Supervisors is $6K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Senior Medical Technologists.

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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. Covance, Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $65K. Soaring salaries can also be found at WellStar Health System, William Beaumont Hospital, and HCA, Inc., where earnings of $60K, $53K, or $53K are standard for Medical Technologists.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. ($42K), Arup Laboratories ($48K), and Quest Diagnostics ($50K).

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in blood banking, Flow Cytometry, Troubleshooting, and serology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. Most people familiar with 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.


Medical Technologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Medical Technologists in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Austin and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 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%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 13%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%

serology
up arrow 9%

Generalist
up arrow 7%


Hematology
up arrow 5%

Chemistry
up arrow 3%

Microbiology
up arrow 2%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
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 534 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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