An average Specimen Processor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.32 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Specimen Processors making up 71 percent. The majority of Specimen Processors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$21,639 - $43,631
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$10.71 - $16.37
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,639 - $43,631  
   
Bonus
$750  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$22,693 - $35,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.71 - $16.37  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $25.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$750  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$22,693 - $35,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Job Description for Specimen Processor

Specimen processors work primarily in medical laboratories to receive and catalog specimens from clients for tests and analyses. They are not usually responsible for actual testing, except in some laboratories which assign them basic tests, as the complex tests are performed by professional laboratory technicians.

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Specimen Processor Tasks

  • Prepare and process requests for single tube specimens as requested.
  • Prepare specimen samples for storage, document relevant specimen information, and resolve any inconsistencies in documentation.
  • Receive, process, unload, and unpack all specimens for testing in the appropriate laboratory departments.
  • Determine if specimens meet laboratory standards, document any specimen quality issues, and ensure specimens are discarded properly.

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The biggest paychecks can be found at LabCorp of America — the median salary there is $31K.

Popular Skills for Specimen Processor


Specimen Processors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Typing, Phlebotomy, and Clinical Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Medical Terminology.

Pay by Experience Level for Specimen Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. Specimen Processors bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Specimen Processors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Specimen Processor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Specimen Processor Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 10%

Typing
up arrow 5%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$28,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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