Medical Technologist Salary

The average Medical Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $24.45 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $18.75 per hour and $30.90. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and location are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 72 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,386 - $71,754
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,187
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$18.75 - $30.90
(Median)
$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,386 - $71,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,878  
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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$39,356 - $66,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 945
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.75 - $30.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46  
Overtime
$11.22 - $46.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,878  
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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$39,356 - $66,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,086
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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 become Laboratory Managers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Laboratory Managers earn $61K per year. Medical Technologists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists flock to Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Arup Laboratories, and HCA, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Medical Technologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Covance, Inc, where the average salary comes to $62K. Mayo Clinic, HCA, Inc., and WellStar Health System are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Medical Technologists earning around $58K, $54K, or $54K at each firm, respectively.

Offering a median salary of only $44K, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $36K to $63K is pretty narrow, too. LabCorp of America, St. John Health System and CHS, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $45K, $46K, and $47K.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, Troubleshooting, blood banking, and Generalist are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. 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.


Medical Technologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Medical Technologists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,511

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For Medical Technologists, Boston provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Baltimore (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (7 percent less) and Nashville (6 percent less).

Medical Technologist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Medical Technologist Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 19%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

blood banking
up arrow 13%

Generalist
up arrow 9%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 9%



Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
up arrow 2%

Generalist Duties
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$52,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microbiologist
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 604 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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