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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Spain 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Spain?

Average Monthly Salary
3,900 EUR
( 46,700 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Spain typically earns around 3,900 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,060 EUR (lowest) to 5,920 EUR (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 Spain

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Spain range from 2,060 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,920 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,660 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,660 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,660 EUR. 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 2,580 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,580 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 4,500 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,500 EUR.

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 2,370 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,910 EUR per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,130 EUR per month, 42% 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 4,820 EUR per month, 17% 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 5,300 EUR per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,610 EUR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Spain

0 - 2 Years
2,370 EUR
2 - 5 Years+23%
2,910 EUR
5 - 10 Years+42%
4,130 EUR
10 - 15 Years+17%
4,820 EUR
15 - 20 Years+10%
5,300 EUR
20+ Years+6%
5,610 EUR
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 2,680 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 5,190 EUR per month, 94% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Spain

Bachelor's Degree
2,680 EUR
Master's Degree+94%
5,190 EUR
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 Spain costs anywhere from 25,100 Euro(s) to 75,200 Euro(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Spain Laboratory Technician
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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 Spain earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

3,770 EUR
4,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Spain for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Spain

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Spain are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 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.

Spain / All Professions

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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 Spain is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Spain

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

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Laboratory Technician employees in Spain earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,900 EUR
Public Sector+5%
5,120 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Laboratory Technician Salary Trend and Forecast in Spain

How are Laboratory Technician salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Spain Laboratory Technician
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Average Salary 2016
3,520 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,650 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
3,710 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
3,790 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Laboratory Technician salaries in Spain are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Spain

22 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Spain is 22 EUR. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Spain earns approximately 22 EUR 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 Spain
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 30% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 19% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Ambulance Officer and Paramedic4,460 EUR+15%
Ambulatory Services Director6,610 EUR+70%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor9,070 EUR+130%
Anesthesia Technician5,750 EUR+48%
Anesthesiologist15,200 EUR+290%
Anesthesiology Assistant5,480 EUR+41%
Assistant Optometrist4,610 EUR+18%
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Cardiac Technician3,580 EUR-8%
Cardiovascular Specialist19,800 EUR+410%
Cardiovascular Technologist5,480 EUR+41%
Central Sterile Processing Technician4,260 EUR+9%
Charge Entry Specialist4,720 EUR+21%
Clinical Application Specialist4,610 EUR+18%
Clinical Biochemist6,140 EUR+58%
Clinical Cytogeneticist6,640 EUR+70%
Clinical Data Reviewer4,630 EUR+19%
Clinical Development Specialist5,160 EUR+32%
Clinical Field Associate4,650 EUR+19%
Clinical Genetic Technologist4,790 EUR+23%
Clinical Microbiologist5,270 EUR+35%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist6,130 EUR+57%
Clinical Neuropsychologist6,140 EUR+58%
Clinical Research Coordinator5,590 EUR+44%
Clinical Scientist7,120 EUR+83%
CME Specialist5,930 EUR+52%
CT Technologist4,620 EUR+19%
Cytogenetic Technologist4,750 EUR+22%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer5,330 EUR+37%
Dispensing Optician4,830 EUR+24%
Dosimetrist6,400 EUR+64%
EKG Technician4,840 EUR+24%
Endoscopic Assistant4,340 EUR+11%
Endoscopy Technician4,050 EUR+4%
Enterostomal Therapist5,400 EUR+39%
Epidemiologist8,560 EUR+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian4,210 EUR+8%
Health Systems Specialist5,190 EUR+33%
Health Technologist5,500 EUR+41%
Healthcare Data Analyst5,740 EUR+47%
Hearing Aid Specialist5,320 EUR+37%
Histotechnologist5,380 EUR+38%
Immunologist9,450 EUR+140%
Industrial Hygienist6,070 EUR+56%
Infection Control Coordinator4,920 EUR+26%
Infection Control Practitioner5,830 EUR+50%
Infection Preventionist5,320 EUR+37%
Informatics Practice Specialist5,600 EUR+44%
Interventional Radiographer6,580 EUR+69%
Lab Assistant3,950 EUR+1%
Laboratory Manager6,520 EUR+67%
Laboratory Technician3,900 EUR+0%
Low Vision Therapist5,720 EUR+47%
Mammography Technician3,980 EUR+2%
Medical Coder3,560 EUR-9%
Medical Courier2,870 EUR-26%
Medical Equipment Preparer4,150 EUR+7%
Medical Forms Designer3,370 EUR-13%
Medical Technologist4,390 EUR+13%
MRI Technologist4,110 EUR+6%
Music Therapist5,170 EUR+33%
Neonatologist6,710 EUR+72%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian4,070 EUR+4%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant3,700 EUR-5%
Nuclear Medical Technician4,830 EUR+24%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist4,810 EUR+23%
Nutrition Assistant4,960 EUR+27%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant5,080 EUR+30%
Operating Room Scheduler3,840 EUR-1%
Operating Room Services Director11,100 EUR+180%
Ophthalmic Assistant4,590 EUR+18%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician4,600 EUR+18%
Optician8,750 EUR+120%
Orthopedic Technician4,400 EUR+13%
Orthoptist10,900 EUR+180%
Orthotist10,900 EUR+180%
Pathology Assistant4,170 EUR+7%
Perfusionist12,300 EUR+220%
Phlebotomist8,190 EUR+110%
Pre Authorization Case Manager5,410 EUR+39%
Prosthetist9,450 EUR+140%
Radiation Therapist13,700 EUR+250%
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Radiographer9,110 EUR+130%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barcelona4,380 EUR
Bilbao3,760 EUR
Las Palmas3,560 EUR
Madrid4,570 EUR
Malaga4,070 EUR
Murcia3,900 EUR
Palma de Mallorca3,720 EUR
Sevilla4,020 EUR
Valencia4,200 EUR
Zaragoza4,250 EUR
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