Medical Technologist Salary

For Medical Technologists, hourly average wages total $25.22 per hour. Total cash earnings of Medical Technologists range from $40K on the low end to $69K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Medical Technologists is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Medical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$39,128 - $72,100
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$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,351
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$19.49 - $32.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,128 - $72,100  
   
Bonus
$196.27 - $4,636  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,995  
Total Pay (?
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$40,483 - $69,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $32.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23  
Overtime
$9.67 - $46.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$196.27 - $4,636  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,995  
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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$40,483 - $69,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,415

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Medical Technologists move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Scientists, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $59K per year. Medical Technologists most often move into positions as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists flock to Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, HCA, Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), and Arup Laboratories, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K. Alverno Clinical Laboratories Inc, Northside Hospital, and HCA, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Medical Technologists earning around $60K, $59K, or $59K at each firm, respectively.

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. St. John Health System, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc., and Arup Laboratories also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $47K, $48K, and $50K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, Hematology, blood bank, and Chemistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Technologist. It is often found that people who know Generalist Duties are also skilled 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Medical Technologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Medical Technologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $53,020

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Technologists, 20 percent higher than the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Cleveland and New Orleans also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 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 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 408 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

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Flow Cytometry
▲17%

▲15%

▲13%

Chemistry
▲10%

blood banking
▲10%

▲7%

Team Leadership
▲7%

Microbiologist
▲6%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

Molecular Biology
▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼2%

Generalist
▼2%

Medical Technologist
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 408 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: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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