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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Ethiopia 2022

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Ethiopia?

Average Monthly Salary
6,460 ETB
( 77,500 ETB yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Ethiopia typically earns around 6,460 ETB per month. Salaries range from 3,160 ETB (lowest) to 10,100 ETB (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 Ethiopia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Ethiopia range from 3,160 ETB per month (minimum salary) to 10,100 ETB per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,590 ETB per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 6,590 ETB while the other half are earning more than 6,590 ETB. 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 4,390 ETB while 75% of them are earning more than 4,390 ETB. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 8,500 ETB while 25% are earning more than 8,500 ETB.

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 3,750 ETB per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,820 ETB per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 6,650 ETB per month, 38% 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 8,240 ETB per month, 24% 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 8,830 ETB per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 9,420 ETB per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Ethiopia

0 - 2 Years
3,750 ETB
2 - 5 Years+29%
4,820 ETB
5 - 10 Years+38%
6,650 ETB
10 - 15 Years+24%
8,240 ETB
15 - 20 Years+7%
8,830 ETB
20+ Years+7%
9,420 ETB
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 4,680 ETB per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,520 ETB per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Ethiopia

Bachelor's Degree
4,680 ETB
Master's Degree+60%
7,520 ETB
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 Ethiopia costs anywhere from 44,500 Ethiopian Birr(s) to 133,000 Ethiopian Birr(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 Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

6,730 ETB
6,050 ETB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ethiopia for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ethiopia

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Ethiopia 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.

Ethiopia / 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 Ethiopia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ethiopia for the year 2021. 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 Ethiopia

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

87% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 13% 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 Ethiopia

37 ETB per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ethiopia is 37 ETB. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Ethiopia earns approximately 37 ETB 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

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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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Ambulatory Services Director13,400 ETB+110%
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Anesthesia Technician9,390 ETB+45%
Anesthesiologist26,300 ETB+310%
Anesthesiology Assistant9,140 ETB+42%
Assistant Optometrist7,690 ETB+19%
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Biomedical Engineering Technician6,540 ETB+1%
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Central Sterile Processing Technician7,670 ETB+19%
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Clinical Genetic Technologist12,200 ETB+89%
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Clinical Molecular Geneticist13,700 ETB+110%
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Clinical Research Coordinator9,610 ETB+49%
Clinical Scientist16,300 ETB+150%
CME Specialist13,400 ETB+110%
CT Technologist8,100 ETB+25%
Cytogenetic Technologist11,700 ETB+81%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer10,100 ETB+56%
Dispensing Optician7,960 ETB+23%
Dosimetrist11,500 ETB+78%
EKG Technician7,720 ETB+20%
Endoscopic Assistant7,030 ETB+9%
Endoscopy Technician6,790 ETB+5%
Enterostomal Therapist11,700 ETB+81%
Epidemiologist13,500 ETB+110%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian6,940 ETB+7%
Health Systems Specialist10,600 ETB+64%
Health Technologist11,600 ETB+80%
Healthcare Data Analyst8,680 ETB+34%
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Histotechnologist10,600 ETB+64%
Immunologist16,000 ETB+150%
Industrial Hygienist10,900 ETB+69%
Infection Control Coordinator7,700 ETB+19%
Infection Control Practitioner18,500 ETB+190%
Infection Preventionist12,900 ETB+100%
Informatics Practice Specialist9,800 ETB+52%
Interventional Radiographer14,300 ETB+120%
Lab Assistant6,600 ETB+2%
Laboratory Manager12,700 ETB+97%
Laboratory Technician6,460 ETB+0%
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Medical Courier4,700 ETB-27%
Medical Equipment Preparer6,510 ETB+1%
Medical Forms Designer5,780 ETB-10%
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Neonatologist18,600 ETB+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian6,740 ETB+4%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant6,040 ETB-6%
Nuclear Medical Technician9,200 ETB+42%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist9,060 ETB+40%
Nutrition Assistant6,550 ETB+1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant7,470 ETB+16%
Operating Room Scheduler6,520 ETB+1%
Operating Room Services Director19,600 ETB+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant7,010 ETB+9%
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Optician15,300 ETB+140%
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Orthoptist18,600 ETB+190%
Orthotist20,000 ETB+210%
Pathology Assistant7,140 ETB+11%
Perfusionist21,000 ETB+230%
Phlebotomist5,320 ETB-18%
Pre Authorization Case Manager9,420 ETB+46%
Prosthetist15,600 ETB+140%
Radiation Therapist24,200 ETB+270%
Radiation Therapy Technologist10,100 ETB+56%
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Radiography Technologist9,840 ETB+52%
Radiologic Technologist10,100 ETB+56%
Radiology Technologist9,750 ETB+51%
Respiratory Care Practitioner18,300 ETB+180%
Respiratory Therapist14,000 ETB+120%
Respiratory Therapy Technician7,820 ETB+21%
Sonographer9,390 ETB+45%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adis Abeba7,160 ETB
Gonder6,600 ETB
Mekele6,020 ETB

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 Ethiopia earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,190 ETB
Public Sector+14%
9,340 ETB
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