A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Samoa typically earns around 1,820 WST per month. Salaries range from 910 WST (lowest) to 2,820 WST (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 Samoa range from 910 WST per month (minimum salary) to 2,820 WST per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 1,820 WST per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,820 WST while the other half are earning more than 1,820 WST. 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 1,230 WST while 75% of them are earning more than 1,230 WST. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 2,320 WST while 25% are earning more than 2,320 WST.
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 1,090 WST per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,440 WST per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,930 WST per month, 34% 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 2,300 WST per month, 19% 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 2,480 WST per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,660 WST per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+32%|
|5 - 10 Years||+34%|
|10 - 15 Years||+19%|
|15 - 20 Years||+8%|
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 1,560 WST per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 2,450 WST per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Samoa costs anywhere from 12,200 Tala(s) to 36,600 Tala(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 Samoa earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Samoa 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 Samoa 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.
88% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 12% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% 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 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||4,490 WST||+150%|
|Admitting Officer||1,800 WST||-1%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||1,850 WST||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||1,680 WST||-8%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||1,860 WST||+2%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||3,400 WST||+87%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||4,170 WST||+130%|
|Anesthesia Technician||2,410 WST||+33%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||2,400 WST||+32%|
|Assistant Optometrist||2,100 WST||+16%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||3,370 WST||+85%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||1,750 WST||-4%|
|Cardiac Technician||1,670 WST||-8%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||8,880 WST||+390%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||3,330 WST||+83%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||2,050 WST||+13%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||2,160 WST||+19%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||2,210 WST||+22%|
|Clinical Biochemist||3,840 WST||+110%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||3,570 WST||+96%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||2,190 WST||+21%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||2,700 WST||+49%|
|Clinical Field Associate||2,140 WST||+18%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||3,340 WST||+84%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||4,650 WST||+160%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||3,830 WST||+110%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||4,900 WST||+170%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||2,620 WST||+44%|
|Clinical Scientist||4,650 WST||+160%|
|CME Specialist||3,560 WST||+96%|
|CT Technologist||2,210 WST||+22%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||3,250 WST||+79%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||2,570 WST||+41%|
|Dispensing Optician||2,190 WST||+21%|
|EKG Technician||2,160 WST||+19%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||1,890 WST||+4%|
|Endoscopy Technician||1,890 WST||+4%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||3,000 WST||+65%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||1,940 WST||+7%|
|Health Systems Specialist||2,710 WST||+49%|
|Health Technologist||3,010 WST||+66%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||2,290 WST||+26%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||2,460 WST||+35%|
|Industrial Hygienist||2,900 WST||+60%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||2,090 WST||+15%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||4,690 WST||+160%|
|Infection Preventionist||3,330 WST||+83%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||2,680 WST||+47%|
|Interventional Radiographer||3,840 WST||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||1,720 WST||-5%|
|Laboratory Manager||3,160 WST||+74%|
|Laboratory Technician||1,820 WST||+0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||4,030 WST||+120%|
|Mammography Technician||1,800 WST||-1%|
|Medical Coder||1,580 WST||-13%|
|Medical Courier||1,220 WST||-33%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||1,760 WST||-3%|
|Medical Forms Designer||1,520 WST||-16%|
|Medical Technologist||2,020 WST||+11%|
|MRI Technologist||1,840 WST||+1%|
|Music Therapist||2,530 WST||+39%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||1,860 WST||+2%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||1,590 WST||-12%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||2,530 WST||+39%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||2,580 WST||+42%|
|Nutrition Assistant||1,890 WST||+4%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||1,910 WST||+5%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||1,650 WST||-9%|
|Operating Room Services Director||5,070 WST||+180%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||1,920 WST||+6%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||1,900 WST||+5%|
|Orthopedic Technician||1,860 WST||+2%|
|Pathology Assistant||1,910 WST||+5%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||2,550 WST||+40%|
|Radiation Therapist||6,610 WST||+260%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||2,580 WST||+42%|
|Radiography Technologist||2,550 WST||+40%|
|Radiologic Technologist||2,540 WST||+40%|
|Radiology Technologist||2,630 WST||+45%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||4,970 WST||+170%|
|Respiratory Therapist||3,840 WST||+110%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||2,160 WST||+19%|
|Sonography Technologist||2,570 WST||+41%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||4,010 WST||+120%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||2,020 WST||+11%|
|Vascular Technologist||1,880 WST||+3%|
|X-Ray Technologist||2,740 WST||+51%|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Samoa earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.