Medical Technologist Salary

Medical Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $24.27 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by experience level and geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 73 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Technologists.

$39,208 - $70,786
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,604
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$18.70 - $30.60
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$19
$24
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,208 - $70,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$39,248 - $65,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.70 - $30.60  
   
Overtime
$12.32 - $46.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$39,248 - $65,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,219
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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 position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $61K per year. 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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K. Medical Technologists will also find cushy salaries at WellStar Health System (+$60K), William Beaumont Hospital (+$53K), and HCA, Inc. (+$53K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. ($42K), Mclaren Regional Medical Center ($47K), and Arup Laboratories ($48K).

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Medical Technologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, blood banking, Troubleshooting, and Generalist are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. For most people, competency in Generalist Duties indicates knowledge of 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. 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. On average, Medical Technologists make $54K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Technologists, 13 percent higher than the national average. 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 home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Austin and 6 percent less in Nashville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 20%

blood banking
up arrow 15%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

Generalist
up arrow 10%

serology
up arrow 9%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 7%


Hematology
up arrow 5%

Microbiology
up arrow 3%

Chemistry
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 523 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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