Medical Laboratory Scientist Salary

The average rate for a Medical Laboratory Scientist is $24.57 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Chemistry and Molecular Biology.
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$39,827 - $71,892
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$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $54,256
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$19.93 - $30.94
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$0$71K
Salary $39,827 - $71,892
Bonus $0.00 - $3,700
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$41,452 - $67,232
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 154
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $19.93 - $30.94
Hourly Tips $6.00
Overtime $3.09 - $44.40
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,700
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$41,452 - $67,232
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 731

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Job Description for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Medical laboratory scientists are responsible for performing laboratory tasks related to the medical field for their organization. They are in charge of completing routine medical analysis, quality control testing, and other research activities. Medical laboratory scientists need to pay strong attention to detail to prevent human error, as well as laboratory instrument failure. These professionals also collect specimens, and process them accordingly. In all tasks, the medical laboratory scientists must follow strict privacy and safety protocols to avoid laboratory and material contamination.

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Medical Laboratory Scientist Tasks

  • Perform medical testing, scientific examinations, and molecular diagnostics.
  • Enter results data and ensure accuracy of test results.
  • Assess functionality of, maintain, and adjust laboratory equipment.
  • Collect and analyze body fluid samples for various diseases, deficiencies, and drug levels.

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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Laboratory Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Laboratory Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 492 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Laboratory Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 219 salaries. An experienced Medical Laboratory Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 135 salaries. A Medical Laboratory Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,497

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Medical Laboratory Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Rutland:
"Medical technologist."
Pros: Working in healthcare.
Cons: Its hard to get everything done.

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Rochester:
"Unsung Heroes Of Medicine, People In The Background."
Pros: Day to day there is always something new. Always something to challenge your mind. The fact when someone ask what you do for a living you can say "I'm a Medical Laboratory Scientist" Knowing that 70% of the data you produce is used to make the diagnosis on patient and without that data, doctors are just guessing blindly. I also the love the consultation that goes on between the doctor and the laboratory. I have had numerous instances where a doctor comes in and say this patient has these symptoms/results. What are your suggestions.
Cons: Do NOT confuse us with a Medical Laboratory Technician's. MLS or MT's are far more educated and have practiced our theory not only in school but also in the laboratory before we even graduate. We have just as much if not more education than an nurse but yet MLS/MT's are not well recognized by the public for the work that we do. Doctors and nurses usually get all the credit, simply because they are in the publics eye. Most of us are constantly overworked because of the shortage in our field. Currently there are not enough new MLS's graduates to replace the baby boomers. Thus biology/chemistry majors are being substituted in, which dilute the work field and in the end lowers the wages of a MT/ MLS professional result in low morale.

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Kirksville:
"Health Care, Making A Difference With Limited Patient Contact."
Pros: Feeling like I make a difference in people's lives, fast paced, every day is different.
Cons: Pay isn't as high as other health care jobs, under appreciated.

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Key Stats for Medical Laboratory Scientist

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

▲21%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$52,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Chemistry
▲22%

Molecular Biology
▲11%


▲3%

Team Leadership
▲3%

Generalist Duties
▼0%

Phlebotomy
▼0%

National Average
$52,000

blood bank
▼1%

Hematology
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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