Medical Technologist Salary

The average Medical Technologist in the United States earns approximately $24.28 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career length and geographic location are influential factors as well. Female Medical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Medical Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$39,121 - $70,803

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$18.69 - $30.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,121 - $70,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,357  
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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$39,213 - $65,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 744
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.69 - $30.63  
   
Overtime
$12.35 - $46.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,357  
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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$39,213 - $65,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,267
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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 transition into new roles such as Laboratory Manager may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Laboratory Manager earns $61K per year. When Medical Technologists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Arup Laboratories, HCA, Inc., and LabCorp of America are among the top companies that take on many Medical Technologists. Covance, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $65K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider WellStar Health System, William Beaumont Hospital, and HCA, Inc., top-paying firms where Medical Technologists rake in a $60K, $53K, or $53K, respectively.

Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, and Mclaren Regional Medical Center also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42K, $45K, and $47K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, blood banking, Troubleshooting, and Generalist are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Generalist Duties are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Medical Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Medical Technologists will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Austin and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 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
$51,000



Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 20%

blood banking
up arrow 15%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

Generalist
up arrow 10%

serology
up arrow 9%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 7%

Hematology
up arrow 5%

Chemistry
up arrow 4%

Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Molecular Biology
up arrow 1%

Generalist Duties
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$51,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 518 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

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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