Lab Technologist Salary

Average Lab Technologists in the United States make around $17.05 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Women Lab Technologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Lab Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,006 - $73,959
$30K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $44,318
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$12.13 - $26.31
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$17
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MEDIAN: $17.25
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$0$73K
Salary $30,006 - $73,959
Bonus $255.32 - $4,993
Profit Sharing $278.76 - $7,397
Total Pay (?
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$26,918 - $62,754
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 280
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $12.13 - $26.31
Overtime $17.05 - $40.13
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $255.32 - $4,993
Profit Sharing $278.76 - $7,397
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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$26,918 - $62,754
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 802

Job Description for Lab Technologist

Lab technologists are in charge of performing standard laboratory procedures with minimal technical supervision. They complete clerical functions that include identifying, processing, and labeling data, as well as delivering that data to designed areas in their department. Lab technologists complete reports based on their findings and collect samples as required by the project's needs. In all tasks, lab technologists must follow safety and privacy policies to maintain confidentiality, health standards, and experiment quality.

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Lab Technologist Tasks

  • Conduct blood tests and blood counts.
  • Maintain, set up, sterilize, and calibrate medical laboratory equipment.
  • Analyze results of tests using mechanical or electrical devices to identify any abnormalities.
  • Enter any abnormalities or diseases into the database.
  • Perform manual and automated tests for diagnosis.

Common Career Paths for Lab Technologist


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Though some Lab Technologists move into positions like Research Scientist (where the average salary is $75K), this progression is not the norm. Lab Technologists typically move into roles as Clinical Laboratory Technologists or Chemists, and those positions pay $9K more and $10K more, respectively.

Lab Technologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Lab Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Lab Technologists, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), LabCorp of America, Dow Chemical Co, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Arup Laboratories are leading firms in the industry. Lab Technologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Dow Chemical Co, where the average salary comes to $57K.

Popular Skills for Lab Technologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Machine Operation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Order Inventory and Phlebotomy also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Lab Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Lab Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Lab Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 602 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lab Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 257 salaries. An experienced Lab Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 175 salaries. A Lab Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 92 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,125

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lab Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Lab Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Midland (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Burlington, 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (12 percent less) and Greensboro (7 percent less).

Lab Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lab Technologist?

Lab Technologist in Grand Junction:
"Very busy, thinking quickly physical wirk."
Pros: Thinking quickly, being very busy.
Cons: Office politics.

Lab Technologist in Pensacola:
Pros: I enjoy working on different projects andbwithbmultiplenscientsist.
Cons: The thing I like least about my job is the days when there is nothing to do.

Lab Technologist in Willow Grove:
"Work is work."
Pros: Really good benefits here at DOW.
Cons: Anyone who is not considered an individual contributor or above is treated like dirt.

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Key Stats for Lab Technologist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Lab Technologist Salaries

▲38%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$39,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Lab Technologist Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲22%

Research Analysis
▲7%

National Average
$39,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼3%

PCR Analysis
▼3%


Chemistry
▼11%

Microsoft Office
▼11%

Training
▼12%

▼14%

Order Inventory
▼21%

Machine Operation
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 18%