Specimen Processor Salary
Earnings for Specimen Processors in the United States come in at around $13.51 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Although approximately one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Specimen Processors. More than half of Specimen Processors (69 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$19,784 - $48,770|
|Total Pay (||$22,801 - $38,463|
|Hourly Rate||$10.94 - $17.34|
|Overtime||$13.94 - $25.30|
|Total Pay (||$22,801 - $38,463|
Job Description for Specimen Processor
Specimen processors work primarily in medical laboratories to receive and catalog specimens from clients for tests and analyses. They are not usually responsible for actual testing, except in some laboratories which assign them basic tests, as the complex tests are performed by professional laboratory technicians.Read More...
Specimen processors work closely with laboratory technicians and prepare and clean laboratory instruments, as well as any technical maintenance in accordance with company procedures. They may prepare samples on slides or other formats used in the laboratory and log all relevant information, such as patients’ names, ages, doctors, addresses, and tests being done using the company’s computer. Accuracy is important when entering this information, and specimen processors also distribute the samples they receive to their laboratory technicians for testing and analysis. They may also be required to forward samples to particular laboratory specialists, sometimes at different locations.
Those in this position must log specimen movements to ensure safety and accuracy and may also perform other support activities, such as the lab's inventory, cleaning the work area, and clerical duties. They must be efficient and motivated and pay close attention to detail, as lab testing requires maximum accuracy, and they must always follow all safety procedures to ensure the safety of everyone involved. They may need to regularly attend training classes and workshops to refine their skills, and a high school diploma and associate's degree may be minimum requirements for this position. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Specimen Processor Tasks
- Receive, process, unload, and unpack all specimens for testing in the appropriate laboratory departments.
- Determine if specimens meet laboratory standards, document any specimen quality issues, and ensure specimens are discarded properly.
- Prepare and process requests for single tube specimens as requested.
- Prepare specimen samples for storage, document relevant specimen information, and resolve any inconsistencies in documentation.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Specimen Processor
Heading up the field in terms of compensation, LabCorp of America offers the most; Specimen Processors earn $31K on average there.
Popular Skills for Specimen Processor
Survey results show that Specimen Processors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy, Typing, and Clinical Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Medical Terminology.
Pay by Experience Level for Specimen Processor
Pay by Experience for a Specimen Processor has a positive trend. An entry-level Specimen Processor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 194 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Specimen Processor 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 62 salaries. An experienced Specimen Processor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 35 salaries. A Specimen Processor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 14 salaries.
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