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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Jamaica 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
75,500 JMD
( 905,000 JMD yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Jamaica typically earns around 75,500 JMD per month. Salaries range from 40,700 JMD (lowest) to 114,000 JMD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Laboratory Technician salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Jamaica range from 40,700 JMD per month (minimum salary) to 114,000 JMD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 69,400 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 69,400 JMD while the other half are earning more than 69,400 JMD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 49,600 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 49,600 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 84,300 JMD while 25% are earning more than 84,300 JMD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 47,300 JMD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 59,800 JMD per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 78,800 JMD per month, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 92,700 JMD per month, 18% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 103,000 JMD per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 109,000 JMD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Jamaica

0 - 2 Years
47,300 JMD
2 - 5 Years+26%
59,800 JMD
5 - 10 Years+32%
78,800 JMD
10 - 15 Years+18%
92,700 JMD
15 - 20 Years+11%
103,000 JMD
20+ Years+6%
109,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Laboratory Technician(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 61,200 JMD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 93,400 JMD per month, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Jamaica

Bachelor's Degree
61,200 JMD
Master's Degree+53%
93,400 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Jamaica costs anywhere from 482,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 1,450,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Laboratory Technician
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Laboratory Technician employees in Jamaica earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

77,300 JMD
73,200 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

How much are annual salary increments in Jamaica for Laboratory Technician(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Jamaica / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Jamaica is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Jamaica for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

92% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 8% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Jamaica

440 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 440 JMD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Jamaica earns approximately 440 JMD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 37% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer73,900 JMD-2%
Ambulance Dispatcher76,700 JMD+2%
Ambulance Driver70,800 JMD-6%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic84,000 JMD+11%
Ambulatory Services Director156,000 JMD+110%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor177,000 JMD+130%
Anesthesia Technician113,000 JMD+50%
Anesthesiologist322,000 JMD+330%
Anesthesiology Assistant113,000 JMD+50%
Assistant Optometrist84,000 JMD+11%
Audiologist185,000 JMD+150%
Biomedical Engineering Director131,000 JMD+74%
Biomedical Engineering Technician69,500 JMD-8%
Cardiac Technician67,500 JMD-11%
Cardiovascular Specialist401,000 JMD+430%
Cardiovascular Technologist153,000 JMD+100%
Central Sterile Processing Technician81,400 JMD+8%
Charge Entry Specialist92,100 JMD+22%
Clinical Application Specialist89,000 JMD+18%
Clinical Biochemist181,000 JMD+140%
Clinical Cytogeneticist140,000 JMD+86%
Clinical Data Reviewer89,500 JMD+19%
Clinical Development Specialist112,000 JMD+48%
Clinical Field Associate90,700 JMD+20%
Clinical Genetic Technologist144,000 JMD+91%
Clinical Microbiologist186,000 JMD+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist156,000 JMD+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist206,000 JMD+170%
Clinical Research Coordinator111,000 JMD+47%
Clinical Scientist192,000 JMD+150%
CME Specialist164,000 JMD+120%
CT Technologist89,200 JMD+18%
Cytogenetic Technologist134,000 JMD+78%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer117,000 JMD+55%
Dispensing Optician90,400 JMD+20%
Dosimetrist127,000 JMD+68%
EKG Technician90,900 JMD+20%
Endoscopic Assistant79,300 JMD+5%
Endoscopy Technician77,600 JMD+3%
Enterostomal Therapist126,000 JMD+67%
Epidemiologist169,000 JMD+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian82,400 JMD+9%
Health Systems Specialist120,000 JMD+59%
Health Technologist136,000 JMD+80%
Healthcare Data Analyst99,600 JMD+32%
Hearing Aid Specialist97,700 JMD+29%
Histotechnologist121,000 JMD+60%
Immunologist187,000 JMD+150%
Industrial Hygienist126,000 JMD+67%
Infection Control Coordinator92,400 JMD+22%
Infection Control Practitioner201,000 JMD+170%
Infection Preventionist146,000 JMD+94%
Informatics Practice Specialist112,000 JMD+48%
Interventional Radiographer158,000 JMD+110%
Lab Assistant77,600 JMD+3%
Laboratory Manager143,000 JMD+90%
Laboratory Technician75,500 JMD+0%
Low Vision Therapist165,000 JMD+120%
Mammography Technician77,600 JMD+3%
Medical Coder67,600 JMD-10%
Medical Courier53,200 JMD-29%
Medical Equipment Preparer82,400 JMD+9%
Medical Forms Designer63,300 JMD-16%
Medical Technologist86,400 JMD+15%
MRI Technologist80,600 JMD+7%
Music Therapist117,000 JMD+55%
Neonatologist208,000 JMD+180%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian78,200 JMD+4%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant71,000 JMD-6%
Nuclear Medical Technician113,000 JMD+50%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist112,000 JMD+48%
Nutrition Assistant74,600 JMD-1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant80,900 JMD+7%
Operating Room Scheduler75,100 JMD-0%
Operating Room Services Director234,000 JMD+210%
Ophthalmic Assistant86,600 JMD+15%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician87,100 JMD+15%
Optician182,000 JMD+140%
Orthopedic Technician87,800 JMD+16%
Orthoptist224,000 JMD+200%
Orthotist225,000 JMD+200%
Pathology Assistant75,100 JMD-0%
Perfusionist258,000 JMD+240%
Phlebotomist57,100 JMD-24%
Pre Authorization Case Manager119,000 JMD+58%
Prosthetist181,000 JMD+140%
Radiation Therapist264,000 JMD+250%
Radiation Therapy Technologist111,000 JMD+47%
Radiographer173,000 JMD+130%
Radiography Technologist111,000 JMD+47%
Radiologic Technologist112,000 JMD+48%
Radiology Technologist115,000 JMD+52%
Respiratory Care Practitioner203,000 JMD+170%
Respiratory Therapist150,000 JMD+99%
Respiratory Therapy Technician90,100 JMD+19%
Sonographer111,000 JMD+47%
Sonography Technologist117,000 JMD+55%
Speech and Language Pathologist163,000 JMD+120%
Ultrasonographer88,700 JMD+18%
Ultrasound Technologist83,800 JMD+11%
Vascular Technologist79,900 JMD+6%
X-Ray Technologist107,000 JMD+42%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston81,000 JMD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Jamaica earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
93,500 JMD
Public Sector+10%
103,000 JMD
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