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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Chile 2023

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Chile?

Average Monthly Salary
1,430,000 CLP
( 17,100,000 CLP yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Chile typically earns around 1,430,000 CLP per month. Salaries range from 770,000 CLP (lowest) to 2,150,000 CLP (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 Chile

Median and salary distribution monthly Chile Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Chile range from 770,000 CLP per month (minimum salary) to 2,150,000 CLP per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,310,000 CLP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,310,000 CLP while the other half are earning more than 1,310,000 CLP. 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 936,000 CLP while 75% of them are earning more than 936,000 CLP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,590,000 CLP while 25% are earning more than 1,590,000 CLP.

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 894,000 CLP per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,130,000 CLP per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,490,000 CLP per month, 32% 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 1,750,000 CLP per month, 18% 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 1,940,000 CLP per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,060,000 CLP per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Chile

0 - 2 Years
894,000 CLP
2 - 5 Years+26%
1,130,000 CLP
5 - 10 Years+32%
1,490,000 CLP
10 - 15 Years+18%
1,750,000 CLP
15 - 20 Years+11%
1,940,000 CLP
20+ Years+6%
2,060,000 CLP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 1,160,000 CLP per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,760,000 CLP per month, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Chile

Bachelor's Degree
1,160,000 CLP
Master's Degree+53%
1,760,000 CLP
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 Chile costs anywhere from 9,340,000 Chilean Peso(s) to 28,000,000 Chilean Peso(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 Chile 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 Chile earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,460,000 CLP
1,380,000 CLP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Chile for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Chile

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Chile are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Chile 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.

Chile / 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 Chile is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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

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

76% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 24% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% 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 Chile

8,220 CLP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Chile is 8,220 CLP. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Chile earns approximately 8,220 CLP 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 Chile
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 39% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Clinician3,630,000 CLP+150%
Admitting Officer1,320,000 CLP-7%
Ambulance Dispatcher1,450,000 CLP+2%
Ambulance Driver1,260,000 CLP-12%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic1,520,000 CLP+7%
Ambulatory Services Director2,930,000 CLP+110%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor3,240,000 CLP+130%
Anesthesia Technician1,990,000 CLP+40%
Anesthesiologist5,770,000 CLP+300%
Anesthesiology Assistant2,050,000 CLP+44%
Assistant Optometrist1,640,000 CLP+15%
Audiologist3,450,000 CLP+140%
Biomedical Engineering Director2,660,000 CLP+87%
Biomedical Engineering Technician1,320,000 CLP-7%
Cardiac Technician1,330,000 CLP-7%
Cardiovascular Specialist7,250,000 CLP+410%
Cardiovascular Technologist2,870,000 CLP+100%
Central Sterile Processing Technician1,550,000 CLP+9%
Charge Entry Specialist1,830,000 CLP+28%
Clinical Application Specialist1,790,000 CLP+26%
Clinical Biochemist3,280,000 CLP+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist2,640,000 CLP+85%
Clinical Data Reviewer1,690,000 CLP+19%
Clinical Development Specialist2,200,000 CLP+54%
Clinical Field Associate1,670,000 CLP+17%
Clinical Genetic Technologist2,750,000 CLP+93%
Clinical Microbiologist3,630,000 CLP+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist3,150,000 CLP+120%
Clinical Neuropsychologist3,730,000 CLP+160%
Clinical Research Coordinator2,070,000 CLP+45%
Clinical Scientist3,660,000 CLP+160%
CME Specialist2,930,000 CLP+110%
CT Technologist1,760,000 CLP+23%
Cytogenetic Technologist2,470,000 CLP+73%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer2,170,000 CLP+52%
Dispensing Optician1,660,000 CLP+16%
Dosimetrist2,490,000 CLP+75%
EKG Technician1,730,000 CLP+21%
Endoscopic Assistant1,450,000 CLP+2%
Endoscopy Technician1,430,000 CLP+0%
Enterostomal Therapist2,420,000 CLP+70%
Epidemiologist3,110,000 CLP+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian1,580,000 CLP+11%
Health Systems Specialist2,200,000 CLP+54%
Health Technologist2,330,000 CLP+63%
Healthcare Data Analyst1,850,000 CLP+30%
Hearing Aid Specialist1,950,000 CLP+37%
Histotechnologist2,230,000 CLP+56%
Immunologist3,520,000 CLP+150%
Industrial Hygienist2,350,000 CLP+65%
Infection Control Coordinator1,790,000 CLP+26%
Infection Control Practitioner3,930,000 CLP+180%
Infection Preventionist2,660,000 CLP+87%
Informatics Practice Specialist2,070,000 CLP+45%
Interventional Radiographer2,810,000 CLP+97%
Lab Assistant1,330,000 CLP-7%
Laboratory Manager2,590,000 CLP+82%
Laboratory Technician1,430,000 CLP+0%
Low Vision Therapist3,110,000 CLP+120%
Mammography Technician1,430,000 CLP+0%
Medical Coder1,320,000 CLP-7%
Medical Courier973,000 CLP-32%
Medical Equipment Preparer1,530,000 CLP+7%
Medical Forms Designer1,240,000 CLP-13%
Medical Technologist1,620,000 CLP+14%
MRI Technologist1,540,000 CLP+8%
Music Therapist2,010,000 CLP+41%
Neonatologist4,170,000 CLP+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian1,470,000 CLP+3%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant1,350,000 CLP-5%
Nuclear Medical Technician2,020,000 CLP+42%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist2,010,000 CLP+41%
Nutrition Assistant1,520,000 CLP+7%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant1,560,000 CLP+9%
Operating Room Scheduler1,400,000 CLP-2%
Operating Room Services Director4,100,000 CLP+190%
Ophthalmic Assistant1,570,000 CLP+10%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician1,630,000 CLP+14%
Optician3,190,000 CLP+120%
Orthopedic Technician1,590,000 CLP+12%
Orthoptist4,330,000 CLP+200%
Orthotist4,100,000 CLP+190%
Pathology Assistant1,410,000 CLP-1%
Perfusionist4,620,000 CLP+220%
Phlebotomist1,100,000 CLP-23%
Pre Authorization Case Manager2,210,000 CLP+55%
Prosthetist3,380,000 CLP+140%
Radiation Therapist5,160,000 CLP+260%
Radiation Therapy Technologist2,160,000 CLP+52%
Radiographer3,250,000 CLP+130%
Radiography Technologist2,040,000 CLP+43%
Radiologic Technologist2,000,000 CLP+40%
Radiology Technologist2,200,000 CLP+54%
Respiratory Care Practitioner4,030,000 CLP+180%
Respiratory Therapist2,880,000 CLP+100%
Respiratory Therapy Technician1,680,000 CLP+18%
Sonographer2,120,000 CLP+49%
Sonography Technologist2,170,000 CLP+52%
Speech and Language Pathologist3,300,000 CLP+130%
Ultrasonographer1,690,000 CLP+19%
Ultrasound Technologist1,600,000 CLP+12%
Vascular Technologist1,530,000 CLP+7%
X-Ray Technologist2,130,000 CLP+49%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antofagasta1,480,000 CLP
Concepcion1,240,000 CLP
La Florida1,490,000 CLP
Las Condes1,340,000 CLP
Maipu1,550,000 CLP
Penalolen1,330,000 CLP
Puente Alto1,460,000 CLP
Rancagua1,220,000 CLP
San Bernardo1,280,000 CLP
Santiago1,580,000 CLP
Temuco1,330,000 CLP
Valparaiso1,410,000 CLP
Vina del Mar1,510,000 CLP

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 Chile earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,820,000 CLP
Public Sector+7%
1,950,000 CLP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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