Medical Technologist Salary

Median pay for Medical Technologists in the United States is around $25.51 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Medical Technologists stretch from $41K on the lower end to $70K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Female Medical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Most Medical Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half.

$38,927 - $74,448
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$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $53,113
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$19.77 - $32.72
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$0$74K
Salary $38,927 - $74,448
Bonus $198.66 - $4,732
Profit Sharing $242.40 - $4,036
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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$40,948 - $69,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 679
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $19.77 - $32.72
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $12.15 - $47.53
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $198.66 - $4,732
Profit Sharing $242.40 - $4,036
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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$40,948 - $69,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,408

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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

  • 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


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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. With an annual salary of $59K, Clinical Laboratory Supervisor is the most common role for Medical Technologists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Medical Laboratory Scientist role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Medical Technologists, though less common by comparison.

Medical Technologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Medical Technologists, Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), HCA, Inc., and Parkland Hospital are leading firms in the industry. Mayo Clinic offers the largest salaries in town — $66K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Northside Hospital, Covance, Inc, and HCA, Inc., where Medical Technologists typically earn around $59K, $58K, or $58K, respectively.

LabCorp of America offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $43K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $34K and $60K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include St. John Health System at $47K, Arup Laboratories at $47K, and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., where $48K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, blood bank, Chemistry, and Hematology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Technologist. Most people experienced in 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: $53,721

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Medical Technologists, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (8 percent less) and Detroit (5 percent less).

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 Austin:
"High volume reference lab."
Pros: 3rd shift, flexible start times.
Cons: Redection of benefits.

Medical Technologist in New York:
"Great."
Pros: I work independently.
Cons: Long ride.

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
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 451 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$54,000

▼2%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries


▲12%

▲11%

▲7%

▲6%


Microbiologist
▲5%

Team Leadership
▲5%

Generalist
▲2%

National Average
$54,000

Generalist Duties
▼1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%


▼3%

Medical Technologist
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 451 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
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: 16%
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