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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
93,400 CAD
( 7,790 CAD monthly)

LOW
43,900
CAD
AVERAGE
93,400
CAD
HIGH
148,000
CAD

A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Canada typically earns around 93,400 CAD per year. Salaries range from 43,900 CAD (lowest) to 148,000 CAD (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 Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Canada range from 43,900 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 148,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 99,000 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 99,000 CAD while the other half are earning more than 99,000 CAD. 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 64,300 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 64,300 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 131,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 131,000 CAD.


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 yearly Canada 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 50,600 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 69,800 CAD per year, 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 99,400 CAD per year, 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 121,000 CAD per year, 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 128,000 CAD 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 139,000 CAD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
50,600 CAD
2 - 5 Years+38%
69,800 CAD
5 - 10 Years+42%
99,400 CAD
10 - 15 Years+22%
121,000 CAD
15 - 20 Years+6%
128,000 CAD
20+ Years+9%
139,000 CAD
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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada 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 of a Laboratory Technician is 69,800 CAD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 128,000 CAD per year, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Canada

Bachelor's Degree
69,800 CAD
Master's Degree+83%
128,000 CAD
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 Canada costs anywhere from 49,800 Canadian Dollar(s) to 149,000 Canadian 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada 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 Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
95,700 CAD
Female-5%
91,200 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

Canada / 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 Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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

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

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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
35%
No Bonus
65%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Canada


45 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 45 CAD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Canada earns approximately 45 CAD 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 yearly Canada
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 37% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Ambulance Officer and Paramedic95,800 CAD+3%
Ambulatory Services Director184,000 CAD+97%
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Anesthesia Technician124,000 CAD+33%
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Anesthesiology Assistant130,000 CAD+39%
Assistant Optometrist103,000 CAD+10%
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Cardiovascular Specialist457,000 CAD+390%
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Central Sterile Processing Technician105,000 CAD+12%
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Clinical Application Specialist114,000 CAD+22%
Clinical Biochemist208,000 CAD+120%
Clinical Cytogeneticist184,000 CAD+97%
Clinical Data Reviewer107,000 CAD+15%
Clinical Development Specialist139,000 CAD+49%
Clinical Field Associate115,000 CAD+23%
Clinical Genetic Technologist172,000 CAD+84%
Clinical Microbiologist228,000 CAD+140%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist197,000 CAD+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist252,000 CAD+170%
Clinical Research Coordinator128,000 CAD+37%
Clinical Scientist227,000 CAD+140%
CME Specialist193,000 CAD+110%
CT Technologist108,000 CAD+16%
Cytogenetic Technologist167,000 CAD+79%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer139,000 CAD+49%
Dispensing Optician107,000 CAD+15%
Dosimetrist153,000 CAD+64%
EKG Technician111,000 CAD+19%
Endoscopic Assistant102,000 CAD+9%
Endoscopy Technician97,000 CAD+4%
Enterostomal Therapist162,000 CAD+73%
Epidemiologist188,000 CAD+100%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian99,700 CAD+7%
Health Systems Specialist147,000 CAD+57%
Health Technologist155,000 CAD+66%
Healthcare Data Analyst118,000 CAD+26%
Hearing Aid Specialist127,000 CAD+36%
Histotechnologist151,000 CAD+62%
Immunologist215,000 CAD+130%
Industrial Hygienist157,000 CAD+68%
Infection Control Coordinator107,000 CAD+15%
Infection Control Practitioner254,000 CAD+170%
Infection Preventionist171,000 CAD+83%
Informatics Practice Specialist131,000 CAD+40%
Interventional Radiographer198,000 CAD+110%
Lab Assistant88,400 CAD-5%
Laboratory Manager171,000 CAD+83%
Laboratory Technician93,400 CAD-0%
Low Vision Therapist197,000 CAD+110%
Mammography Technician92,800 CAD-1%
Medical Coder85,100 CAD-9%
Medical Courier62,600 CAD-33%
Medical Equipment Preparer90,500 CAD-3%
Medical Forms Designer78,100 CAD-16%
Medical Technologist98,700 CAD+6%
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Neonatologist246,000 CAD+160%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton86,600 CAD
Calgary93,800 CAD
Edmonton90,600 CAD
Gatineau83,500 CAD
Halifax86,900 CAD
Hamilton89,600 CAD
Kitchener91,900 CAD
Markham88,500 CAD
Mississauga94,500 CAD
Montreal95,200 CAD
Ottawa97,700 CAD
Quebec96,000 CAD
Regina82,400 CAD
Richmond77,900 CAD
Saskatoon85,300 CAD
Surrey90,000 CAD
Toronto94,800 CAD
Vancouver101,000 CAD
Vaughan84,600 CAD
Windsor81,700 CAD
Winnipeg92,500 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta101,000 CAD
British Columbia94,800 CAD
Manitoba91,900 CAD
New Brunswick86,100 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador82,300 CAD
Northwest Territories89,000 CAD
Nova Scotia90,400 CAD
Nunavut97,500 CAD
Ontario102,000 CAD
Prince Edward Island77,100 CAD
Quebec95,800 CAD
Saskatchewan90,500 CAD
Yukon81,200 CAD

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 Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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