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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2023

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
14,700 AED
( 177,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 14,700 AED per month. Salaries range from 6,930 AED (lowest) to 23,300 AED (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 United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 6,930 AED per month (minimum salary) to 23,300 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,600 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 15,600 AED while the other half are earning more than 15,600 AED. 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 10,200 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 10,200 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 20,600 AED while 25% are earning more than 20,600 AED.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly United Arab Emirates Laboratory Technician
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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 7,990 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 11,000 AED per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 15,700 AED 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 19,100 AED per month, 22% 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 20,200 AED per month, 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 22,000 AED per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
7,990 AED
2 - 5 Years+38%
11,000 AED
5 - 10 Years+42%
15,700 AED
10 - 15 Years+22%
19,100 AED
15 - 20 Years+6%
20,200 AED
20+ Years+9%
22,000 AED
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 11,000 AED per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 20,200 AED per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's Degree
11,000 AED
Master's Degree+83%
20,200 AED
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 United Arab Emirates costs anywhere from 97,900 UAE Dirham(s) to 294,000 UAE Dirham(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

15,300 AED
14,300 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in United Arab Emirates 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Laboratory Technician
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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.

United Arab Emirates / 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 United Arab Emirates is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2022. 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 United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates

85 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 85 AED. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 85 AED 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 United Arab Emirates
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Clinician41,300 AED+180%
Admitting Officer14,200 AED-4%
Ambulance Dispatcher15,000 AED+2%
Ambulance Driver14,100 AED-4%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic15,700 AED+6%
Ambulatory Services Director30,400 AED+110%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor35,000 AED+140%
Anesthesia Technician22,200 AED+51%
Anesthesiologist64,500 AED+340%
Anesthesiology Assistant21,300 AED+44%
Assistant Optometrist18,100 AED+23%
Audiologist36,100 AED+140%
Biomedical Engineering Director26,600 AED+80%
Biomedical Engineering Technician14,000 AED-5%
Cardiac Technician13,900 AED-6%
Cardiovascular Specialist77,600 AED+430%
Cardiovascular Technologist29,700 AED+100%
Central Sterile Processing Technician16,500 AED+12%
Charge Entry Specialist18,500 AED+25%
Clinical Application Specialist18,400 AED+25%
Clinical Biochemist34,600 AED+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist30,100 AED+100%
Clinical Data Reviewer18,900 AED+28%
Clinical Development Specialist22,100 AED+50%
Clinical Field Associate18,100 AED+23%
Clinical Genetic Technologist29,800 AED+100%
Clinical Microbiologist41,000 AED+180%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist31,600 AED+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist42,200 AED+190%
Clinical Research Coordinator21,400 AED+45%
Clinical Scientist40,100 AED+170%
CME Specialist30,300 AED+110%
CT Technologist18,600 AED+26%
Cytogenetic Technologist28,800 AED+95%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer23,300 AED+58%
Dispensing Optician18,600 AED+26%
Dosimetrist26,700 AED+81%
EKG Technician17,300 AED+17%
Endoscopic Assistant16,300 AED+11%
Endoscopy Technician16,400 AED+11%
Enterostomal Therapist25,000 AED+70%
Epidemiologist33,300 AED+130%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian16,600 AED+13%
Health Systems Specialist23,400 AED+59%
Health Technologist27,100 AED+84%
Healthcare Data Analyst19,800 AED+34%
Hearing Aid Specialist21,000 AED+42%
Histotechnologist25,900 AED+76%
Immunologist35,200 AED+140%
Industrial Hygienist26,100 AED+77%
Infection Control Coordinator19,300 AED+31%
Infection Control Practitioner41,700 AED+180%
Infection Preventionist30,500 AED+110%
Informatics Practice Specialist22,500 AED+53%
Interventional Radiographer31,300 AED+110%
Lab Assistant15,100 AED+2%
Laboratory Manager28,000 AED+90%
Laboratory Technician14,700 AED-0%
Low Vision Therapist35,500 AED+140%
Mammography Technician14,300 AED-3%
Medical Coder13,500 AED-8%
Medical Courier10,600 AED-28%
Medical Equipment Preparer15,200 AED+3%
Medical Forms Designer12,100 AED-18%
Medical Technologist17,600 AED+19%
MRI Technologist15,200 AED+3%
Music Therapist21,900 AED+49%
Neonatologist45,700 AED+210%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian15,400 AED+4%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant13,300 AED-10%
Nuclear Medical Technician22,100 AED+50%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist21,100 AED+43%
Nutrition Assistant15,700 AED+6%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant16,800 AED+14%
Operating Room Scheduler14,700 AED-0%
Operating Room Services Director44,100 AED+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant16,200 AED+10%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician16,600 AED+13%
Optician34,100 AED+130%
Orthopedic Technician16,400 AED+11%
Orthoptist47,900 AED+220%
Orthotist44,600 AED+200%
Pathology Assistant15,800 AED+7%
Perfusionist51,400 AED+250%
Phlebotomist11,700 AED-21%
Pre Authorization Case Manager22,400 AED+52%
Prosthetist36,600 AED+150%
Radiation Therapist58,600 AED+300%
Radiation Therapy Technologist22,500 AED+53%
Radiographer37,300 AED+150%
Radiography Technologist23,100 AED+57%
Radiologic Technologist23,300 AED+58%
Radiology Technologist22,100 AED+50%
Respiratory Care Practitioner41,800 AED+180%
Respiratory Therapist32,100 AED+120%
Respiratory Therapy Technician18,500 AED+25%
Sonographer22,700 AED+54%
Sonography Technologist23,300 AED+58%
Speech and Language Pathologist33,100 AED+120%
Ultrasonographer18,000 AED+22%
Ultrasound Technologist17,000 AED+15%
Vascular Technologist16,100 AED+9%
X-Ray Technologist21,700 AED+47%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi15,800 AED
Ajman14,500 AED
Al Ain14,500 AED
Dubai16,600 AED
Fujairah12,900 AED
Ras Al Khaimah13,400 AED
Sharjah15,800 AED
Um Al Quiwain12,900 AED

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 United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,900 AED
Public Sector+6%
20,100 AED
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