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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Latvia 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Latvia?

Average Monthly Salary
1,020 LVL
( 12,200 LVL yearly)


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 Salary Distribution in Latvia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Latvia range from 520 LVL per month (minimum salary) to 1,570 LVL per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Latvia

0 - 2 Years
580 LVL
2 - 5 Years+31%
760 LVL
5 - 10 Years+40%
1,060 LVL
10 - 15 Years+20%
1,280 LVL
15 - 20 Years+9%
1,390 LVL
20+ Years+8%
1,500 LVL
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 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.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Latvia

Bachelor's Degree
720 LVL
Master's Degree+77%
1,270 LVL
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 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Latvia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,050 LVL
990 LVL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Latvia for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Latvia

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

Laboratory Technician

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.

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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.

Latvia / 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 Latvia is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Latvia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Latvia 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.

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.

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 Latvia

6 LVL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Latvia is 6 LVL. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Latvia earns approximately 6 LVL 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 Latvia
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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 Officer990 LVL-3%
Ambulance Dispatcher1,030 LVL+1%
Ambulance Driver970 LVL-5%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic1,090 LVL+7%
Ambulatory Services Director2,040 LVL+100%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor2,430 LVL+140%
Anesthesia Technician1,490 LVL+46%
Anesthesiologist4,120 LVL+300%
Anesthesiology Assistant1,500 LVL+47%
Assistant Optometrist1,140 LVL+12%
Audiologist2,350 LVL+130%
Biomedical Engineering Director1,760 LVL+73%
Biomedical Engineering Technician940 LVL-8%
Cardiac Technician930 LVL-9%
Cardiovascular Specialist5,180 LVL+410%
Cardiovascular Technologist2,000 LVL+96%
Central Sterile Processing Technician1,100 LVL+8%
Charge Entry Specialist1,310 LVL+29%
Clinical Application Specialist1,220 LVL+20%
Clinical Biochemist2,400 LVL+140%
Clinical Cytogeneticist1,890 LVL+86%
Clinical Data Reviewer1,240 LVL+22%
Clinical Development Specialist1,570 LVL+54%
Clinical Field Associate1,280 LVL+26%
Clinical Genetic Technologist1,870 LVL+84%
Clinical Microbiologist2,530 LVL+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist2,150 LVL+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist2,800 LVL+180%
Clinical Research Coordinator1,510 LVL+48%
Clinical Scientist2,680 LVL+160%
CME Specialist2,140 LVL+110%
CT Technologist1,220 LVL+20%
Cytogenetic Technologist1,860 LVL+83%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer1,510 LVL+48%
Dispensing Optician1,210 LVL+19%
Dosimetrist1,740 LVL+71%
EKG Technician1,240 LVL+22%
Endoscopic Assistant1,110 LVL+9%
Endoscopy Technician1,080 LVL+6%
Enterostomal Therapist1,770 LVL+74%
Epidemiologist2,220 LVL+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian1,130 LVL+11%
Health Systems Specialist1,540 LVL+51%
Health Technologist1,750 LVL+72%
Healthcare Data Analyst1,260 LVL+24%
Hearing Aid Specialist1,320 LVL+30%
Histotechnologist1,680 LVL+65%
Immunologist2,390 LVL+130%
Industrial Hygienist1,640 LVL+61%
Infection Control Coordinator1,220 LVL+20%
Infection Control Practitioner2,600 LVL+160%
Infection Preventionist1,900 LVL+87%
Informatics Practice Specialist1,520 LVL+49%
Interventional Radiographer2,110 LVL+110%
Lab Assistant1,000 LVL-2%
Laboratory Manager1,900 LVL+87%
Laboratory Technician1,020 LVL+0%
Low Vision Therapist2,280 LVL+120%
Mammography Technician970 LVL-5%
Medical Coder870 LVL-15%
Medical Courier700 LVL-31%
Medical Equipment Preparer1,090 LVL+7%
Medical Forms Designer890 LVL-13%
Medical Technologist1,190 LVL+17%
MRI Technologist1,020 LVL+0%
Music Therapist1,550 LVL+52%
Neonatologist2,910 LVL+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian1,100 LVL+8%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant940 LVL-8%
Nuclear Medical Technician1,450 LVL+42%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist1,400 LVL+38%
Nutrition Assistant1,010 LVL-1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant1,140 LVL+12%
Operating Room Scheduler970 LVL-5%
Operating Room Services Director3,080 LVL+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant1,120 LVL+10%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician1,140 LVL+12%
Optician2,390 LVL+130%
Orthopedic Technician1,170 LVL+15%
Orthoptist2,950 LVL+190%
Orthotist3,000 LVL+190%
Pathology Assistant1,010 LVL-1%
Perfusionist3,300 LVL+220%
Phlebotomist760 LVL-25%
Pre Authorization Case Manager1,580 LVL+55%
Prosthetist2,480 LVL+140%
Radiation Therapist3,590 LVL+250%
Radiation Therapy Technologist1,430 LVL+40%
Radiographer2,320 LVL+130%
Radiography Technologist1,460 LVL+43%
Radiologic Technologist1,460 LVL+43%
Radiology Technologist1,460 LVL+43%
Respiratory Care Practitioner2,810 LVL+180%
Respiratory Therapist2,010 LVL+97%
Respiratory Therapy Technician1,260 LVL+24%
Sonographer1,440 LVL+41%
Sonography Technologist1,510 LVL+48%
Speech and Language Pathologist2,250 LVL+120%
Ultrasonographer1,150 LVL+13%
Ultrasound Technologist1,170 LVL+15%
Vascular Technologist1,090 LVL+7%
X-Ray Technologist1,440 LVL+41%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Riga1,100 LVL

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 Latvia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,250 LVL
Public Sector+7%
1,340 LVL
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