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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a person working as Laboratory Technician make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
68,700 USD
( 5,720 USD monthly)


A person working as Laboratory Technician in United States typically earns around 68,700 USD per year. Salaries range from 33,000 USD (lowest) to 108,000 USD (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 Pay Scale and Salaries in United States

Median and salary distribution United States Laboratory Technician yearly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
64,200 USD or more
10% of people earn
56,500 to 64,200 USD
20% of people earn
39,700 USD or less
65% of people earn
39,700 to 56,500 USD
Minimum Salary
33,000 USD
64,600 USD
108,000 USD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Laboratory Technician salaries in United States range from 33,000 USD per year (starting salary) to 108,000 USD per year (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 64,600 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 64,600 USD while the other half are earning more than 64,600 USD. 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 and Salary Scale

    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 52,600 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 52,600 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 74,100 USD while 25% are earning more than 74,100 USD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 39,700 USD to 56,500 USD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 39,700 USD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 56,500 USD to 64,200 USD. Only 5% of people grossed 64,200 USD or more.

Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
38,600 USD
2 - 5 Years+42%
54,700 USD
5 - 10 Years+31%
71,900 USD
10 - 15 Years+23%
88,400 USD
15 - 20 Years+6%
94,000 USD
20+ Years+10%
103,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States 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.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 38,600 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 54,700 USD 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 71,900 USD per year, 31% 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 whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 88,400 USD 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 94,000 USD 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 103,000 USD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

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.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in United States

Bachelor's Degree
60,700 USD
Master's Degree+43%
86,900 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Laboratory Technician
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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 is 60,700 USD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 86,900 USD per year, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

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 States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Laboratory Technician

Salary comparison by gender United States Laboratory Technician yearly
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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 States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

70,500 USD
67,200 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in United States 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States 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.

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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 United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States 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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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Laboratory Technician
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"Laboratory Technician" is considered to be a low bonus-based job. 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 Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

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

Average Salary 2019
62,600 USD
Average Salary 2020+2%
63,800 USD
Average Salary 2021+1%
64,600 USD
Average Salary 2022+3%
66,800 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Laboratory Technician salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 3% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in United States

33 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 33 USD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in United States earns approximately 33 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Laboratory Technician' in United States is 16 USD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

68,700 USD
118,000 USD
141,000 USD
Average Salary
Laboratory Technician
Average Salary
Healthcare Technical
Average Salary
Health and Medical

The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 42% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical yearly United States
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Clinician185,000 USD+170%
Admitting Officer68,500 USD-0%
Ambulance Dispatcher69,800 USD+2%
Ambulance Driver66,100 USD-4%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic78,500 USD+14%
Ambulatory Services Director149,000 USD+120%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor164,000 USD+140%
Anesthesia Technician99,900 USD+45%
Anesthesiologist291,000 USD+320%
Anesthesiology Assistant99,200 USD+44%
Assistant Optometrist85,300 USD+24%
Audiologist170,000 USD+150%
Biomedical Engineering Director132,000 USD+92%
Biomedical Engineering Technician71,100 USD+4%
Cardiac Technician63,900 USD-7%
Cardiovascular Specialist374,000 USD+440%
Cardiovascular Technologist146,000 USD+110%
Central Sterile Processing Technician83,400 USD+21%
Charge Entry Specialist93,400 USD+36%
Clinical Application Specialist89,500 USD+30%
Clinical Biochemist158,000 USD+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist139,000 USD+100%
Clinical Data Reviewer92,100 USD+34%
Clinical Development Specialist107,000 USD+56%
Clinical Field Associate88,400 USD+29%
Clinical Genetic Technologist144,000 USD+110%
Clinical Microbiologist189,000 USD+180%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist162,000 USD+140%
Clinical Neuropsychologist204,000 USD+200%
Clinical Research Coordinator109,000 USD+59%
Clinical Scientist185,000 USD+170%
CME Specialist149,000 USD+120%
CT Technologist84,500 USD+23%
Cytogenetic Technologist130,000 USD+89%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer108,000 USD+57%
Dispensing Optician83,000 USD+21%
Dosimetrist120,000 USD+75%
EKG Technician85,500 USD+24%
Endoscopic Assistant74,800 USD+9%
Endoscopy Technician75,300 USD+10%
Enterostomal Therapist125,000 USD+82%
Epidemiologist153,000 USD+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian80,000 USD+16%
Health Systems Specialist115,000 USD+67%
Health Technologist120,000 USD+75%
Healthcare Data Analyst98,100 USD+43%
Hearing Aid Specialist95,200 USD+39%
Histotechnologist117,000 USD+70%
Immunologist177,000 USD+160%
Industrial Hygienist118,000 USD+72%
Infection Control Coordinator88,900 USD+29%
Infection Control Practitioner193,000 USD+180%
Infection Preventionist143,000 USD+110%
Informatics Practice Specialist106,000 USD+54%
Interventional Radiographer146,000 USD+110%
Lab Assistant68,800 USD+0%
Laboratory Manager140,000 USD+100%
Laboratory Technician68,700 USD+0%
Low Vision Therapist169,000 USD+150%
Mammography Technician74,100 USD+8%
Medical Coder64,700 USD-6%
Medical Courier52,100 USD-24%
Medical Equipment Preparer76,700 USD+12%
Medical Forms Designer60,300 USD-12%
Medical Technologist79,100 USD+15%
MRI Technologist78,700 USD+15%
Music Therapist105,000 USD+53%
Neonatologist211,000 USD+210%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian73,100 USD+6%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant71,100 USD+4%
Nuclear Medical Technician102,000 USD+48%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist100,000 USD+46%
Nutrition Assistant77,100 USD+12%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant82,800 USD+21%
Operating Room Scheduler69,500 USD+1%
Operating Room Services Director222,000 USD+220%
Ophthalmic Assistant80,900 USD+18%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician83,200 USD+21%
Optician173,000 USD+150%
Orthopedic Technician76,900 USD+12%
Orthoptist215,000 USD+210%
Orthotist221,000 USD+220%
Pathology Assistant74,500 USD+8%
Perfusionist233,000 USD+240%
Phlebotomist60,100 USD-13%
Pre Authorization Case Manager111,000 USD+62%
Prosthetist180,000 USD+160%
Radiation Therapist268,000 USD+290%
Radiation Therapy Technologist106,000 USD+54%
Radiographer172,000 USD+150%
Radiography Technologist109,000 USD+59%
Radiologic Technologist103,000 USD+50%
Radiology Technologist112,000 USD+63%
Respiratory Care Practitioner199,000 USD+190%
Respiratory Therapist158,000 USD+130%
Respiratory Therapy Technician90,200 USD+31%
Sonographer111,000 USD+62%
Sonography Technologist108,000 USD+57%
Speech and Language Pathologist169,000 USD+150%
Ultrasonographer88,500 USD+29%
Ultrasound Technologist80,600 USD+17%
Vascular Technologist77,600 USD+13%
X-Ray Technologist112,000 USD+63%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta67,700 USD
Austin80,600 USD
Baltimore68,700 USD
Boston71,300 USD
Bristol56,800 USD
Chicago85,800 USD
Cincinnati60,300 USD
Cleveland64,000 USD
Dallas84,000 USD
Denver74,200 USD
Detroit75,100 USD
Honolulu59,500 USD
Houston83,400 USD
Indianapolis74,700 USD
Iowa City58,200 USD
Jacksonville80,800 USD
Kansas City68,700 USD
Kent60,400 USD
Las Vegas68,300 USD
Long Beach67,800 USD
Los Angeles89,600 USD
Memphis73,200 USD
Miami67,400 USD
Minneapolis64,300 USD
New Orleans62,300 USD
New York83,800 USD
Oakland64,800 USD
Oklahoma City70,700 USD
Orlando63,300 USD
Philadelphia83,000 USD
Phoenix81,700 USD
Sacramento71,700 USD
San Antonio79,300 USD
San Diego83,100 USD
San Francisco75,700 USD
San Jose79,800 USD
Seattle78,300 USD
Tampa62,200 USD
Vancouver57,700 USD
Washington D.C.71,400 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama77,300 USD
Alaska66,000 USD
Arizona76,600 USD
Arkansas69,100 USD
California85,100 USD
Colorado75,100 USD
Connecticut71,100 USD
Delaware64,500 USD
District of Columbia61,600 USD
Florida82,700 USD
Georgia79,400 USD
Hawaii66,200 USD
Idaho64,600 USD
Illinois82,300 USD
Indiana76,800 USD
Iowa69,300 USD
Kansas67,600 USD
Kentucky75,200 USD
Louisiana73,400 USD
Maine66,000 USD
Maryland72,700 USD
Massachusetts78,500 USD
Michigan79,600 USD
Minnesota73,400 USD
Mississippi67,500 USD
Missouri78,000 USD
Montana67,400 USD
Nebraska68,000 USD
Nevada67,700 USD
New Hampshire70,000 USD
New Jersey79,500 USD
New Mexico69,000 USD
New York78,500 USD
North Carolina74,600 USD
North Dakota65,700 USD
Ohio79,400 USD
Oklahoma70,400 USD
Oregon68,700 USD
Pennsylvania82,300 USD
Rhode Island65,900 USD
South Carolina72,100 USD
South Dakota62,800 USD
Tennessee78,900 USD
Texas82,200 USD
Utah68,200 USD
Vermont61,600 USD
Virginia80,700 USD
Washington78,100 USD
West Virginia67,700 USD
Wisconsin72,300 USD
Wyoming66,000 USD

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 States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Laboratory Technician in United States?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 64,600 USD and 74,100 USD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Laboratory Technician in United States is ranges from 52,600 USD to 74,100 USD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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