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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Australia 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
72,800 AUD
( 6,070 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Australia typically earns around 72,800 AUD per year. Salaries range from 35,000 AUD (lowest) to 114,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Australia range from 35,000 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 114,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 75,700 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 75,700 AUD while the other half are earning more than 75,700 AUD. 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 49,800 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 49,800 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 98,800 AUD while 25% are earning more than 98,800 AUD.

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 40,900 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 58,000 AUD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 76,200 AUD per year, 31% 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 93,700 AUD per year, 23% 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 99,700 AUD per year, 6% 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 AUD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
40,900 AUD
2 - 5 Years+42%
58,000 AUD
5 - 10 Years+31%
76,200 AUD
10 - 15 Years+23%
93,700 AUD
15 - 20 Years+6%
99,700 AUD
20+ Years+10%
109,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 64,300 AUD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 92,100 AUD per year, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Australia

Bachelor's Degree
64,300 AUD
Master's Degree+43%
92,100 AUD
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 Australia costs anywhere from 37,800 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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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 Australia earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

74,800 AUD
71,300 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 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.

Australia / 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 Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia 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 Australia

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

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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 Australia

35 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 35 AUD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Australia earns approximately 35 AUD 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 yearly Australia
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 36% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer68,700 AUD-6%
Ambulance Dispatcher74,000 AUD+2%
Ambulance Driver62,300 AUD-14%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic74,600 AUD+2%
Ambulatory Services Director140,000 AUD+92%
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Anesthesiologist289,000 AUD+300%
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Assistant Optometrist78,200 AUD+7%
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Biomedical Engineering Director132,000 AUD+81%
Biomedical Engineering Technician70,100 AUD-4%
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Cardiovascular Specialist356,000 AUD+390%
Cardiovascular Technologist137,000 AUD+88%
Central Sterile Processing Technician82,200 AUD+13%
Charge Entry Specialist86,500 AUD+19%
Clinical Application Specialist84,500 AUD+16%
Clinical Biochemist166,000 AUD+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist143,000 AUD+96%
Clinical Data Reviewer85,600 AUD+18%
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Clinical Field Associate87,800 AUD+21%
Clinical Genetic Technologist141,000 AUD+94%
Clinical Microbiologist173,000 AUD+140%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist146,000 AUD+100%
Clinical Neuropsychologist187,000 AUD+160%
Clinical Research Coordinator103,000 AUD+41%
Clinical Scientist182,000 AUD+150%
CME Specialist154,000 AUD+110%
CT Technologist90,600 AUD+24%
Cytogenetic Technologist124,000 AUD+70%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer106,000 AUD+46%
Dispensing Optician85,600 AUD+18%
Dosimetrist129,000 AUD+77%
EKG Technician86,700 AUD+19%
Endoscopic Assistant77,800 AUD+7%
Endoscopy Technician71,800 AUD-1%
Enterostomal Therapist117,000 AUD+61%
Epidemiologist147,000 AUD+100%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian77,700 AUD+7%
Health Systems Specialist112,000 AUD+54%
Health Technologist127,000 AUD+74%
Healthcare Data Analyst87,200 AUD+20%
Hearing Aid Specialist93,900 AUD+29%
Histotechnologist112,000 AUD+54%
Immunologist176,000 AUD+140%
Industrial Hygienist119,000 AUD+63%
Infection Control Coordinator88,000 AUD+21%
Infection Control Practitioner183,000 AUD+150%
Infection Preventionist133,000 AUD+83%
Informatics Practice Specialist105,000 AUD+44%
Interventional Radiographer147,000 AUD+100%
Lab Assistant72,400 AUD-1%
Laboratory Manager137,000 AUD+88%
Laboratory Technician72,800 AUD-0%
Low Vision Therapist158,000 AUD+120%
Mammography Technician68,800 AUD-6%
Medical Coder61,500 AUD-16%
Medical Courier48,800 AUD-33%
Medical Equipment Preparer70,600 AUD-3%
Medical Forms Designer60,900 AUD-16%
Medical Technologist79,000 AUD+8%
MRI Technologist72,000 AUD-1%
Music Therapist104,000 AUD+43%
Neonatologist207,000 AUD+180%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian78,100 AUD+7%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant65,500 AUD-10%
Nuclear Medical Technician101,000 AUD+39%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist106,000 AUD+46%
Nutrition Assistant73,900 AUD+1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant74,500 AUD+2%
Operating Room Scheduler68,000 AUD-7%
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Radiation Therapy Technologist101,000 AUD+39%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide69,100 AUD
Brisbane75,400 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan68,300 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed73,100 AUD
Gosford64,500 AUD
Melbourne78,700 AUD
Newcastle68,600 AUD
Perth72,200 AUD
Sunshine Coast69,000 AUD
Sydney74,200 AUD
Wollongong62,600 AUD

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 Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
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