A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Papua New Guinea typically earns around 3,050 PGK per month. Salaries range from 1,500 PGK (lowest) to 4,760 PGK (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 Papua New Guinea range from 1,500 PGK per month (minimum salary) to 4,760 PGK per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 3,120 PGK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,120 PGK while the other half are earning more than 3,120 PGK. 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 2,080 PGK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,080 PGK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 4,020 PGK while 25% are earning more than 4,020 PGK.
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 1,770 PGK per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,280 PGK per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,150 PGK per month, 38% 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 3,900 PGK per month, 24% 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 4,180 PGK per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,450 PGK per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 2,220 PGK per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,560 PGK per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Papua New Guinea costs anywhere from 20,500 Kina(s) to 61,600 Kina(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 Papua New Guinea earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Papua New Guinea 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.
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 Papua New Guinea 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.
87% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 13% 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 40% 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||8,160 PGK||+170%|
|Admitting Officer||2,970 PGK||-3%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||3,100 PGK||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||2,760 PGK||-10%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||3,260 PGK||+7%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||5,820 PGK||+91%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||7,290 PGK||+140%|
|Anesthesia Technician||4,480 PGK||+47%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||4,290 PGK||+40%|
|Assistant Optometrist||3,600 PGK||+18%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||5,550 PGK||+82%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||2,820 PGK||-8%|
|Cardiac Technician||2,920 PGK||-4%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||15,500 PGK||+410%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||5,700 PGK||+87%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||3,310 PGK||+8%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||3,920 PGK||+28%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||3,650 PGK||+20%|
|Clinical Biochemist||6,860 PGK||+120%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||5,660 PGK||+85%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||3,530 PGK||+16%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||4,720 PGK||+55%|
|Clinical Field Associate||3,660 PGK||+20%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||5,600 PGK||+83%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||7,970 PGK||+160%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||6,440 PGK||+110%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||8,400 PGK||+180%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||4,320 PGK||+41%|
|Clinical Scientist||7,650 PGK||+150%|
|CME Specialist||6,110 PGK||+100%|
|CT Technologist||3,860 PGK||+26%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||5,580 PGK||+83%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||4,310 PGK||+41%|
|Dispensing Optician||3,460 PGK||+13%|
|EKG Technician||3,710 PGK||+21%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||3,180 PGK||+4%|
|Endoscopy Technician||3,230 PGK||+6%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||5,050 PGK||+65%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||3,390 PGK||+11%|
|Health Systems Specialist||4,840 PGK||+58%|
|Health Technologist||5,260 PGK||+72%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||3,770 PGK||+23%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||3,970 PGK||+30%|
|Industrial Hygienist||5,170 PGK||+69%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||3,650 PGK||+20%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||8,210 PGK||+170%|
|Infection Preventionist||5,700 PGK||+87%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||4,330 PGK||+42%|
|Interventional Radiographer||6,340 PGK||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||3,010 PGK||-1%|
|Laboratory Manager||5,420 PGK||+77%|
|Laboratory Technician||3,050 PGK||-0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||6,500 PGK||+110%|
|Mammography Technician||2,910 PGK||-5%|
|Medical Coder||2,760 PGK||-10%|
|Medical Courier||2,090 PGK||-32%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||3,270 PGK||+7%|
|Medical Forms Designer||2,660 PGK||-13%|
|Medical Technologist||3,390 PGK||+11%|
|MRI Technologist||3,220 PGK||+5%|
|Music Therapist||4,420 PGK||+45%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||3,310 PGK||+8%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||2,960 PGK||-3%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||4,340 PGK||+42%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||4,420 PGK||+45%|
|Nutrition Assistant||3,180 PGK||+4%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||3,270 PGK||+7%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||2,780 PGK||-9%|
|Operating Room Services Director||9,230 PGK||+200%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||3,360 PGK||+10%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||3,250 PGK||+6%|
|Orthopedic Technician||3,330 PGK||+9%|
|Pathology Assistant||3,030 PGK||-1%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||4,730 PGK||+55%|
|Radiation Therapist||11,300 PGK||+270%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||4,510 PGK||+48%|
|Radiography Technologist||4,370 PGK||+43%|
|Radiologic Technologist||4,620 PGK||+51%|
|Radiology Technologist||4,600 PGK||+51%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||8,010 PGK||+160%|
|Respiratory Therapist||6,340 PGK||+110%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||3,780 PGK||+24%|
|Sonography Technologist||4,310 PGK||+41%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||6,740 PGK||+120%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||3,330 PGK||+9%|
|Vascular Technologist||3,280 PGK||+7%|
|X-Ray Technologist||4,330 PGK||+42%|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Papua New Guinea earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.