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 salaries in Australia range from 35,000 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 114,000 AUD per year (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+42%|
|5 - 10 Years||+31%|
|10 - 15 Years||+23%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Australia for the year 2019. 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.
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.
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 36% 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||189,000 AUD||+160%|
|Admitting Officer||68,700 AUD||-6%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||74,000 AUD||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||62,300 AUD||-14%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||74,600 AUD||+2%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||140,000 AUD||+92%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||159,000 AUD||+120%|
|Anesthesia Technician||102,000 AUD||+40%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||104,000 AUD||+43%|
|Assistant Optometrist||78,200 AUD||+7%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||132,000 AUD||+81%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||70,100 AUD||-4%|
|Cardiac Technician||68,600 AUD||-6%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||356,000 AUD||+390%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||137,000 AUD||+88%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||82,200 AUD||+13%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||86,500 AUD||+19%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||84,500 AUD||+16%|
|Clinical Biochemist||166,000 AUD||+130%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||143,000 AUD||+96%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||85,600 AUD||+18%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||108,000 AUD||+48%|
|Clinical Field Associate||87,800 AUD||+21%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||141,000 AUD||+94%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||173,000 AUD||+140%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||146,000 AUD||+100%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||187,000 AUD||+160%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||103,000 AUD||+41%|
|Clinical Scientist||182,000 AUD||+150%|
|CME Specialist||154,000 AUD||+110%|
|CT Technologist||90,600 AUD||+24%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||124,000 AUD||+70%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||106,000 AUD||+46%|
|Dispensing Optician||85,600 AUD||+18%|
|EKG Technician||86,700 AUD||+19%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||77,800 AUD||+7%|
|Endoscopy Technician||71,800 AUD||-1%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||117,000 AUD||+61%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||77,700 AUD||+7%|
|Health Systems Specialist||112,000 AUD||+54%|
|Health Technologist||127,000 AUD||+74%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||87,200 AUD||+20%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||93,900 AUD||+29%|
|Industrial Hygienist||119,000 AUD||+63%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||88,000 AUD||+21%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||183,000 AUD||+150%|
|Infection Preventionist||133,000 AUD||+83%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||105,000 AUD||+44%|
|Interventional Radiographer||147,000 AUD||+100%|
|Lab Assistant||72,400 AUD||-1%|
|Laboratory Manager||137,000 AUD||+88%|
|Laboratory Technician||72,800 AUD||-0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||158,000 AUD||+120%|
|Mammography Technician||68,800 AUD||-6%|
|Medical Coder||61,500 AUD||-16%|
|Medical Courier||48,800 AUD||-33%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||70,600 AUD||-3%|
|Medical Forms Designer||60,900 AUD||-16%|
|Medical Technologist||79,000 AUD||+8%|
|MRI Technologist||72,000 AUD||-1%|
|Music Therapist||104,000 AUD||+43%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||78,100 AUD||+7%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||65,500 AUD||-10%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||101,000 AUD||+39%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||106,000 AUD||+46%|
|Nutrition Assistant||73,900 AUD||+1%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||74,500 AUD||+2%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||68,000 AUD||-7%|
|Operating Room Services Director||214,000 AUD||+190%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||76,900 AUD||+6%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||78,000 AUD||+7%|
|Orthopedic Technician||80,600 AUD||+11%|
|Pathology Assistant||76,800 AUD||+5%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||102,000 AUD||+40%|
|Radiation Therapist||246,000 AUD||+240%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||101,000 AUD||+39%|
|Radiography Technologist||102,000 AUD||+40%|
|Radiologic Technologist||110,000 AUD||+51%|
|Radiology Technologist||103,000 AUD||+41%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||204,000 AUD||+180%|
|Respiratory Therapist||143,000 AUD||+96%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||82,400 AUD||+13%|
|Sonography Technologist||106,000 AUD||+46%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||153,000 AUD||+110%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||79,200 AUD||+9%|
|Vascular Technologist||75,300 AUD||+3%|
|X-Ray Technologist||104,000 AUD||+43%|
|Gold Coast-Tweed||73,100 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||69,000 AUD|
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.