Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $24.27 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. The majority of Medical Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Medical Technologists survey respondents are women (72 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,091 - $71,239
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$39K
$52K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,527
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$18.67 - $30.63
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$19
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,091 - $71,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
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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$39,181 - $65,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.67 - $30.63  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $46.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $998  
   
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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$39,181 - $65,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,177
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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Laboratory Manager, which pays $61K on average annually. Medical Technologists most often move into positions as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Dominating the field, Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Arup Laboratories, HCA, Inc., and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Medical Technologists. Covance, Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $65K. 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., Arup Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42K, $48K, and $50K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey takers working as Medical Technologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in blood banking, Flow Cytometry, Troubleshooting, and serology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Medical Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Medical Technologists in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (8 percent less) and Pittsburgh (7 percent less).

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

blood banking
up arrow 15%

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 13%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

serology
up arrow 9%

Generalist
up arrow 7%

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 528 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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