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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in El Salvador 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in El Salvador?

Average Monthly Salary
1,240 USD
( 14,900 USD yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in El Salvador typically earns around 1,240 USD per month. Salaries range from 580 USD (lowest) to 1,960 USD (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 El Salvador

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in El Salvador range from 580 USD per month (minimum salary) to 1,960 USD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,310 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,310 USD while the other half are earning more than 1,310 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

    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 850 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 850 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,730 USD while 25% are earning more than 1,730 USD.

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 El Salvador 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 670 USD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 930 USD 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 1,320 USD 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 1,610 USD 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 1,690 USD 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 1,850 USD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in El Salvador

0 - 2 Years
670 USD
2 - 5 Years+38%
930 USD
5 - 10 Years+42%
1,320 USD
10 - 15 Years+22%
1,610 USD
15 - 20 Years+6%
1,690 USD
20+ Years+9%
1,850 USD
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 monthly El Salvador 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 930 USD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,690 USD per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in El Salvador

Bachelor's Degree
930 USD
Master's Degree+83%
1,690 USD
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 El Salvador costs anywhere from 8,530 US Dollar(s) to 25,600 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly El Salvador 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 El Salvador earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,300 USD
1,190 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in El Salvador for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in El Salvador

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in El Salvador are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

El Salvador / 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 El Salvador is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in El Salvador for the year 2020. 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 El Salvador

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

85% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 15% 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 El Salvador

7 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in El Salvador is 7 USD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in El Salvador earns approximately 7 USD 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 El Salvador
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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.

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Admitting Officer1,200 USD-3%
Ambulance Dispatcher1,260 USD+2%
Ambulance Driver1,110 USD-10%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic1,370 USD+11%
Ambulatory Services Director2,440 USD+97%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor2,800 USD+130%
Anesthesia Technician1,870 USD+51%
Anesthesiologist4,950 USD+300%
Anesthesiology Assistant1,880 USD+52%
Assistant Optometrist1,420 USD+15%
Audiologist3,120 USD+150%
Biomedical Engineering Director2,310 USD+87%
Biomedical Engineering Technician1,170 USD-5%
Cardiac Technician1,210 USD-2%
Cardiovascular Specialist6,520 USD+430%
Cardiovascular Technologist2,390 USD+93%
Central Sterile Processing Technician1,370 USD+11%
Charge Entry Specialist1,610 USD+30%
Clinical Application Specialist1,510 USD+22%
Clinical Biochemist3,000 USD+140%
Clinical Cytogeneticist2,470 USD+100%
Clinical Data Reviewer1,610 USD+30%
Clinical Development Specialist1,940 USD+57%
Clinical Field Associate1,500 USD+21%
Clinical Genetic Technologist2,540 USD+110%
Clinical Microbiologist3,140 USD+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist2,800 USD+130%
Clinical Neuropsychologist3,400 USD+170%
Clinical Research Coordinator1,830 USD+48%
Clinical Scientist3,320 USD+170%
CME Specialist2,690 USD+120%
CT Technologist1,600 USD+29%
Cytogenetic Technologist2,300 USD+86%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer1,900 USD+53%
Dispensing Optician1,480 USD+20%
Dosimetrist2,260 USD+83%
EKG Technician1,430 USD+16%
Endoscopic Assistant1,370 USD+11%
Endoscopy Technician1,330 USD+7%
Enterostomal Therapist2,070 USD+67%
Epidemiologist2,790 USD+130%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian1,370 USD+11%
Health Systems Specialist1,940 USD+57%
Health Technologist2,100 USD+70%
Healthcare Data Analyst1,590 USD+28%
Hearing Aid Specialist1,730 USD+40%
Histotechnologist2,080 USD+68%
Immunologist3,020 USD+140%
Industrial Hygienist2,110 USD+70%
Infection Control Coordinator1,490 USD+20%
Infection Control Practitioner3,360 USD+170%
Infection Preventionist2,330 USD+88%
Informatics Practice Specialist1,940 USD+57%
Interventional Radiographer2,570 USD+110%
Lab Assistant1,200 USD-3%
Laboratory Manager2,430 USD+96%
Laboratory Technician1,240 USD+0%
Low Vision Therapist2,970 USD+140%
Mammography Technician1,300 USD+5%
Medical Coder1,130 USD-9%
Medical Courier850 USD-31%
Medical Equipment Preparer1,300 USD+5%
Medical Forms Designer1,090 USD-12%
Medical Technologist1,370 USD+11%
MRI Technologist1,290 USD+4%
Music Therapist1,940 USD+57%
Neonatologist3,410 USD+180%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian1,360 USD+10%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant1,210 USD-2%
Nuclear Medical Technician1,730 USD+40%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist1,780 USD+44%
Nutrition Assistant1,250 USD+1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant1,410 USD+14%
Operating Room Scheduler1,230 USD-1%
Operating Room Services Director3,680 USD+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant1,410 USD+14%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician1,360 USD+10%
Optician2,860 USD+130%
Orthopedic Technician1,460 USD+18%
Orthoptist3,600 USD+190%
Orthotist3,840 USD+210%
Pathology Assistant1,330 USD+7%
Perfusionist3,960 USD+220%
Phlebotomist960 USD-22%
Pre Authorization Case Manager1,880 USD+52%
Prosthetist3,080 USD+150%
Radiation Therapist4,470 USD+260%
Radiation Therapy Technologist1,850 USD+49%
Radiographer3,050 USD+150%
Radiography Technologist1,780 USD+44%
Radiologic Technologist1,880 USD+52%
Radiology Technologist1,850 USD+49%
Respiratory Care Practitioner3,480 USD+180%
Respiratory Therapist2,510 USD+100%
Respiratory Therapy Technician1,480 USD+20%
Sonographer1,950 USD+58%
Sonography Technologist1,900 USD+53%
Speech and Language Pathologist2,930 USD+140%
Ultrasonographer1,560 USD+26%
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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 El Salvador earn 18% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,540 USD
Public Sector+18%
1,810 USD
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