A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Latvia typically earns around 1,020 LVL per month. Salaries range from 520 LVL (lowest) to 1,570 LVL (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 salaries in Latvia range from 520 LVL per month (minimum salary) to 1,570 LVL per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 1,000 LVL per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,000 LVL while the other half are earning more than 1,000 LVL. 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.
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 680 LVL while 75% of them are earning more than 680 LVL. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,260 LVL while 25% are earning more than 1,260 LVL.
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
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 580 LVL per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 760 LVL per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,060 LVL per month, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,280 LVL per month, 20% 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 1,390 LVL per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,500 LVL per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+31%|
|5 - 10 Years||+40%|
|10 - 15 Years||+20%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 720 LVL per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,270 LVL per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Latvia costs anywhere from 6,510 Latvian Lats(s) to 19,500 Latvian Lats(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.
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 Latvia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Latvia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Latvia 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.
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.
73% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||2,720 LVL||+170%|
|Admitting Officer||990 LVL||-3%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||1,030 LVL||+1%|
|Ambulance Driver||970 LVL||-5%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||1,090 LVL||+7%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||2,040 LVL||+100%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||2,430 LVL||+140%|
|Anesthesia Technician||1,490 LVL||+46%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||1,500 LVL||+47%|
|Assistant Optometrist||1,140 LVL||+12%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||1,760 LVL||+73%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||940 LVL||-8%|
|Cardiac Technician||930 LVL||-9%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||5,180 LVL||+410%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||2,000 LVL||+96%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||1,100 LVL||+8%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||1,310 LVL||+29%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||1,220 LVL||+20%|
|Clinical Biochemist||2,400 LVL||+140%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||1,890 LVL||+86%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||1,240 LVL||+22%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||1,570 LVL||+54%|
|Clinical Field Associate||1,280 LVL||+26%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||1,870 LVL||+84%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||2,530 LVL||+150%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||2,150 LVL||+110%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||2,800 LVL||+180%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||1,510 LVL||+48%|
|Clinical Scientist||2,680 LVL||+160%|
|CME Specialist||2,140 LVL||+110%|
|CT Technologist||1,220 LVL||+20%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||1,860 LVL||+83%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||1,510 LVL||+48%|
|Dispensing Optician||1,210 LVL||+19%|
|EKG Technician||1,240 LVL||+22%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||1,110 LVL||+9%|
|Endoscopy Technician||1,080 LVL||+6%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||1,770 LVL||+74%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||1,130 LVL||+11%|
|Health Systems Specialist||1,540 LVL||+51%|
|Health Technologist||1,750 LVL||+72%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||1,260 LVL||+24%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||1,320 LVL||+30%|
|Industrial Hygienist||1,640 LVL||+61%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||1,220 LVL||+20%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||2,600 LVL||+160%|
|Infection Preventionist||1,900 LVL||+87%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||1,520 LVL||+49%|
|Interventional Radiographer||2,110 LVL||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||1,000 LVL||-2%|
|Laboratory Manager||1,900 LVL||+87%|
|Laboratory Technician||1,020 LVL||+0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||2,280 LVL||+120%|
|Mammography Technician||970 LVL||-5%|
|Medical Coder||870 LVL||-15%|
|Medical Courier||700 LVL||-31%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||1,090 LVL||+7%|
|Medical Forms Designer||890 LVL||-13%|
|Medical Technologist||1,190 LVL||+17%|
|MRI Technologist||1,020 LVL||+0%|
|Music Therapist||1,550 LVL||+52%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||1,100 LVL||+8%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||940 LVL||-8%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||1,450 LVL||+42%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||1,400 LVL||+38%|
|Nutrition Assistant||1,010 LVL||-1%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||1,140 LVL||+12%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||970 LVL||-5%|
|Operating Room Services Director||3,080 LVL||+200%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||1,120 LVL||+10%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||1,140 LVL||+12%|
|Orthopedic Technician||1,170 LVL||+15%|
|Pathology Assistant||1,010 LVL||-1%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||1,580 LVL||+55%|
|Radiation Therapist||3,590 LVL||+250%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||1,430 LVL||+40%|
|Radiography Technologist||1,460 LVL||+43%|
|Radiologic Technologist||1,460 LVL||+43%|
|Radiology Technologist||1,460 LVL||+43%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||2,810 LVL||+180%|
|Respiratory Therapist||2,010 LVL||+97%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||1,260 LVL||+24%|
|Sonography Technologist||1,510 LVL||+48%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||2,250 LVL||+120%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||1,170 LVL||+15%|
|Vascular Technologist||1,090 LVL||+7%|
|X-Ray Technologist||1,440 LVL||+41%|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Latvia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.