$33,997
Avg. Salary
$14.63
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$550

Profit Sharing

$550

The average pay for a Laboratory Assistant is $14.63 per hour.

The average pay for a Laboratory Assistant is $33,997 per year.

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$0$50K
Salary $24,135 - $50,536
Bonus $49.32 - $3,786
Profit Sharing $5.21 - $3,425
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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$23,467 - $42,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 285
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.12 - $19.68
Hourly Tips $0.77
Overtime $14.75 - $30.08
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $49.32 - $3,786
Profit Sharing $5.21 - $3,425
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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$23,467 - $42,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,921

Job Description for Laboratory Assistant

A laboratory assistant generally holds is an entry-level support position requiring a high school diploma (or equivalent) and some college-level lab experience.

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Laboratory Assistant Tasks

  • Obtain, process, and analyze laboratory specimens, and log all intake and results.
  • Order, distribute, and perform upkeep on stock and inventory.
  • Create and transmit individual, summary, and inventory reports.
  • Maintain inventory and equipment for the laboratory, including maintenance.

Laboratory Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$54K

$29,120

$31,035

$33,280

$28,925

$27,997

$46,347

$26,677

Quest, Inc.
6 profiles
$31,961

$28,437

HCA, Inc.
5 profiles
$31,466

Common Career Paths for Laboratory Assistant


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For Laboratory Assistants, progressing to a Laboratory Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Laboratory Manager can earn $62K annually. Many Laboratory Assistants advance into roles as Phlebotomists or Medical Phlebotomists, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Laboratory Assistant Job Listings

Popular Skills for Laboratory Assistant


Laboratory Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and PCR Analysis. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Laboratory Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Laboratory Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 820 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Laboratory Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced Laboratory Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 204 salaries. A Laboratory Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 84 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

22%

15%

15%

6%

4%

-2%

-5%

-13%

-14%

National Average: $31,140

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

Laboratory Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Laboratory Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (12 percent lower) and Indianapolis (11 percent lower).

Laboratory Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Laboratory Assistant?

Laboratory Assistant in Bulawayo:
"Working closely with an eye specialist means attention to."
Pros: Bulawayo is a very quiet city. Life is not that expensive compared to other cities and it's sharing of borders with South Africa, Botswana and Namibia makes it easier to access materials and holiday adventures with my family.
Cons: There is some elements of tribalism.

Laboratory Assistant in Grosse Pointe:
"My job."
Pros: The area, it's not too far from my home.
Cons: The snobby upper class patients who treat you like we are beneath them and the world revolves around them.

Laboratory Assistant in Norman:
"I like it."
Pros: I have a sense of accomplishment with my daily tasks.
Cons: I don't feel appreciated and or compensated well.

Laboratory Assistant in Miami:
"Iffy."
Pros: Affordable health and visual insurance and metrorail pass.
Cons: The people talk bad about each other all the time. The pay is terrible and no raises.

Laboratory Assistant in Hemet:
Pros: Working the chemistry department.
Cons: Lazy coworkers.

Laboratory Assistant in Riverside:
"In hospital there are 3 shifts, draws stations are m-f usual."
Be good at your skill so not to injure the vein or patients. Always listen to your patient & be respectful as you would want you or your family to be treated.

Laboratory Assistant in Scottsdale:
Pay is not worth the price for school.

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Key Stats for Laboratory Assistant

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 332 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Laboratory Assistant Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Biotechnology
▲7%

Microbiology
▲4%

Molecular Biology
▲3%



Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$31,000


▼1%


Equipment Maintenance
▼1%

▼3%

Specimen Processing
▼3%

PCR Analysis
▼8%

Data Analysis
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 332 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 27%