Medical Technologist Salary

The average Medical Technologist in the United States earns approximately $25.33 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Medical Technologists can bottom out near $41K or peak near $70K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 74 percent. Most Medical Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,985 - $73,607
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$19.63 - $32.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,985 - $73,607  
   
Bonus
$246.58 - $4,899  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,027  
Total Pay (?
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$40,699 - $69,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.63 - $32.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$10.56 - $46.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$246.58 - $4,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,027  
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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$40,699 - $69,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,472

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Medical Technologists who move on to become Clinical Laboratory Scientists, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $60K. Becoming a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor is, more often than not, the most common role that Medical Technologists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $59K. Another frequent advance is for Medical Technologists to assume a Medical Laboratory Scientist role; in this role, workers often earn $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), HCA, Inc., and Parkland Hospital are top-notch employers for Medical Technologists in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Mayo Clinic offers the most; Medical Technologists earn $66K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Northside Hospital at $59K, Covance, Inc at $58K, and HCA, Inc., where Medical Technologists annually earn $58K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is LabCorp of America, where the median salary is just $43K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $34K to $60K. Also approaching the lower end are St. John Health System at $47K, Arup Laboratories at $47K, and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. at $48K.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, blood bank, Chemistry, and Hematology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Technologist. The majority of those who know Generalist Duties also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,614 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 944 salaries. An experienced Medical Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 1,022 salaries. A Medical Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,022 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,345

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For Medical Technologists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (7 percent lower) and Detroit (5 percent lower).

Medical Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Technologist?

Medical Technologist in West Palm Beach:
"Fast paced, love working with all the equipment."
Pros: I love helping people by analyzing their blood, urine or feces because I want to my absolute best for the team and mostly for the patient. I believe in helping others and sometimes people overlook the position, but what they don't realize is that we serve as the core of the hospital, meaning that without me there to do the analysis the doctors would not be able to execute the situation hands on.
Cons: Really nothing that pertains to the work itself. What I don't appreciate is the people who I work with making comments because I care and it sometimes comes across as me being hyper when really it's because they abuse the power and make me do their work as well as mine which I'm happy to do if they would help work as a team and not whisper behind my back. I am taking on way more then people understand without ever once complaining. I feel the lack of respect towards me is asinine.

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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Key Stats for Medical Technologist

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 431 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries


▲12%

▲12%

▲8%

▲7%


Microbiologist
▲6%

Team Leadership
▲6%

Generalist
▲3%

Generalist Duties
▼0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$53,000


▼2%

Medical Technologist
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 431 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 15%
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