Median pay for Medical Technologists in the United States is around $25.13 per hour. Total cash compensation to Medical Technologists varies from $40K to $69K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Technologists making up 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,248 - $71,712
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $52,110
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$19.32 - $32.07
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$32
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,248 - $71,712  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,823  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $5,041  
Total Pay (?
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$40,197 - $68,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.32 - $32.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23  
Overtime
$7.97 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,823  
   
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $5,041  
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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$40,197 - $68,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,451
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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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Although some Medical Technologists become Clinical Laboratory Scientist, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $59K. Medical Technologists typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Supervisors or Senior Medical Technologists, and those positions pay $6K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Technologist


Dominating the field, Quest Diagnostics, HCA, Inc., LabCorp of America, Arup Laboratories, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Medical Technologists. Mayo Clinic attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $66K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kaiser Permanente, Covance, Inc, and HCA, Inc., where earnings of $65K, $60K, or $59K are standard for Medical Technologists.

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. Also approaching the lower end are St. John Health System at $47K, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. at $47K, and Arup Laboratories at $48K.

Popular Skills for Medical Technologist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Flow Cytometry, Hematology, Chemistry, and blood bank are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Technologist, Generalist, and Forensic Toxicology. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Medical Technologists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,774

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Technologists, 19 percent higher than the national average. Medical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+13 percent), New York (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (7 percent lower) and Detroit (5 percent lower).

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
$53,000


Skills That Affect Medical Technologist Salaries

Flow Cytometry
up arrow 17%



Chemistry
up arrow 13%


blood banking
up arrow 6%

Microbiologist
up arrow 3%

Generalist Duties
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Molecular Biology
0%

National Average
$53,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

Generalist
up arrow 3%

Forensic Toxicology
up arrow 3%

Medical Technologist
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 406 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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