Average Medical Laboratory Technician Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Medical Laboratory Technician is $19.69.
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $26
$101 - $4,117
Profit Sharing
$203 - $14,094
Total Pay
$31,445 - $54,668

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Job Description for Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician Tasks
  • Perform calibration, testing, and quality control checks for all laboratory tests.
  • Identify and follow through on potential problems that may negatively affect patient test results.
  • Follow health and safety regulations when obtaining patient specimens.
The top respondents for the job title Medical Laboratory Technician are from the companies Quest Diagnostics, HCA, Inc. and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). Reported salaries are highest at Allina Hospitals and Clinics where the average pay is $22.06. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include HCA, Inc. and Quest Diagnostics, earning around $20.94 and $19.25, respectively. Baptist Hospital pays the lowest at around $17.60. Idexx Laboratories, Inc. and LabCorp of America also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.70 and $18.85, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Medical Laboratory Technician. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Technologist
Medical / Clinical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Scientist
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Medical Laboratory Technician

Skills in Generalist Duties and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microbiology, Phlebotomy and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Laboratory Technician

An entry-level Medical Laboratory Technician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.35 based on 331 salaries. An early career Medical Laboratory Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.21 based on 1,554 salaries. A mid-career Medical Laboratory Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.98 based on 738 salaries. An experienced Medical Laboratory Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.14 based on 677 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Medical Laboratory Technician in their job title in Phoenix, Arizona earn an average of 4.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Nashville, Tennessee (4.0% more) and Cleveland, Ohio (2.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Birmingham, Alabama (10.2% less), Atlanta, Georgia (5.4% less) and Dallas, Texas (2.5% less).

Years of Experience

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