$54,395
Avg. Salary
$24.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$721

Bonus

$1,000

Profit Sharing

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How should I pay?

The average pay for a Medical Laboratory Scientist is $24.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Medical Laboratory Scientist is $54,395 per year.

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$0$71K
Salary $40,270 - $71,324
Bonus $0.00 - $3,587
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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$41,584 - $67,229
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 276
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $19.99 - $31.23
Hourly Tips $0.30
Overtime $4.79 - $44.24
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,587
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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$41,584 - $67,229
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,308

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Laboratory Scientist


University of Washington (UW), Sentara Healthcare, Fairview Hospital, Arup Laboratories, and Mercy Hospital are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Medical Laboratory Scientists. For Medical Laboratory Scientists, comfortable salaries can be found at Fairview Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $65K, the highest in the area.

Common Career Paths for Medical Laboratory Scientist


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Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Scientist


Survey results imply that Medical Laboratory Scientists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hematology. Blood bank and Generalist Duties are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

14%

8%

National Average: $52,762

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

For Medical Laboratory Scientists, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Medical Laboratory Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (4 percent lower) and Milwaukee (3 percent lower).

Medical Laboratory Scientist Reviews

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

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Milwaukee:
"Best Place To Work In the Entire Country."
Pros: Great pay and benefits.
Cons: Weather is terrible in the winter.

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Sioux Falls:
"Good environment."
Pros: Sioux falls is a nice town; Sanford being one of the top healthcare facilities
Cons: Poor appraisal

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Seattle:
"Expensive."
Pros: The city
Cons: The expense

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

Medical Laboratory Scientist in Columbus:
This is an excellent career choice for someone who wants into the medical field but doesn't like direct patient contact. For every 1 person graduating from college with a degree in this field 5 are retiring, so it is the employee's market. Now is definitely a great time to get into it. As far as medical professions go, it is fairly low stress compared to the others. The only draw back is lab workers are not involved with a lot of the hospital functions so they do not normally get promoted within the hospital organization itself. There is room for growth with instrument engineering and manufacturing as well as among laboratory management but not hospital management typically.

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
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

▲20%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$53,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Chemistry
▲21%

Molecular Biology
▲11%


Team Leadership
▲3%

▲2%

Phlebotomy
▼0%

National Average
$53,000

Generalist Duties
▼1%

blood bank
▼2%

Hematology
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 11%