Specimen Processor Salary

Average Specimen Processors in the United States make around $13.13 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.29 per hour and $16.60. While tenure and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Specimen Processors is high. Most Specimen Processors survey respondents are women (75 percent). While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,000 - $45,000
(Median)
$22K
$29K
$45K
MEDIAN: $28,883
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$10.29 - $16.60
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,000 - $45,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
Profit Sharing
$350.00  
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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$21,802 - $35,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $16.60  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $24.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00  
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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$21,802 - $35,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Specimen Processor


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


Specimen Processors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Typing, Phlebotomy, Clinical Data Processing, and Medical Terminology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Employees educated in Data Entry are typically practiced in Medical Terminology, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Specimen Processor

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $29K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $33K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Specimen Processor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Specimen Processor Salaries

Typing
up arrow 7%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 5%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 4%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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