Earnings for Specimen Processors in the United States come in at around $13.38 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Women account for the majority of Specimen Processors who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Most Specimen Processors report high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,489 - $40,851
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MEDIAN: $31,750
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$23,489 - $40,851  
   
Bonus
$750  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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$22,683 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $16.54  
   
Overtime
$15.12 - $26.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$750  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$22,683 - $35,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Specimen Processor


For Specimen Processors, comfortable salaries can be found at LabCorp of America; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Specimen Processor


Specimen Processors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy, Typing, and Clinical Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Medical Terminology.

Pay by Experience Level for Specimen Processor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Specimen Processors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. On average, Specimen Processors make $33K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $34K.

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Key Stats for Specimen Processor

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Specimen Processor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Specimen Processor Salaries

Medical Terminology
up arrow 9%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 6%

Typing
up arrow 4%

Clinical Data Processing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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