Medical Technologist Salary
Median pay for Medical Technologists in the United States is around $25.13 per hour. Total cash compensation to Medical Technologists varies from $40K to $69K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Although many employers prefer potential employees have a bachelor's degree in medical technology, sometimes a degree in another related field will suffice. Most individuals who work in the medical technology field have also received experience through college internships.
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
Although some Medical Technologists become Clinical Laboratory Scientist, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $59K. Medical Technologists typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists, and those positions pay $6K more and $5K more, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist
Dominating the field, Quest Diagnostics, HCA, Inc., LabCorp of America, Arup Laboratories, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Medical Technologists. Mayo Clinic attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $66K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kaiser Permanente, Covance, Inc, and HCA, Inc., where earnings of $65K, $60K, or $59K are standard for Medical Technologists.
Offering only $43K on average, LabCorp of America seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $34K on the lower end and $60K on the higher end. Also approaching the lower end are St. John Health System at $47K, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. at $47K, and Arup Laboratories at $48K.
Popular Skills for Medical Technologist
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, Hematology, Chemistry, and blood bank are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Technologist, Generalist, and Forensic Toxicology. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Medical Technologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.
Pay Difference by Location
Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Technologists, 19 percent higher than the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+13 percent), New York (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (7 percent lower) and Detroit (5 percent lower).
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