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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Ghana 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Ghana?


Average Monthly Salary
3,590 GHS
( 43,100 GHS yearly)

LOW
1,830
GHS
AVERAGE
3,590
GHS
HIGH
5,530
GHS

A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Ghana typically earns around 3,590 GHS per month. Salaries range from 1,830 GHS (lowest) to 5,530 GHS (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 Ghana

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Ghana range from 1,830 GHS per month (minimum salary) to 5,530 GHS per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,520 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,520 GHS while the other half are earning more than 3,520 GHS. 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 2,410 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 2,410 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 4,430 GHS while 25% are earning more than 4,430 GHS.


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 Ghana 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 2,050 GHS per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,680 GHS per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,750 GHS per month, 40% 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 4,510 GHS per month, 20% 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 4,900 GHS per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,290 GHS per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Ghana

0 - 2 Years
2,050 GHS
2 - 5 Years+31%
2,680 GHS
5 - 10 Years+40%
3,750 GHS
10 - 15 Years+20%
4,510 GHS
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,900 GHS
20+ Years+8%
5,290 GHS
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 2,530 GHS per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 4,490 GHS per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Ghana

Bachelor's Degree
2,530 GHS
Master's Degree+77%
4,490 GHS
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 Ghana costs anywhere from 25,300 Cedi(s) to 76,000 Cedi(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 Ghana 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 Ghana earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
3,800 GHS
Female-10%
3,400 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 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.

Ghana / 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 Ghana is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
1%
Energy
2%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
4%
Travel
5%
Construction
6%
Education
7%

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

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

75% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
25%
No Bonus
75%

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 Ghana


21 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 21 GHS. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Ghana earns approximately 21 GHS 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 Ghana
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 43% 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 Clinician9,060 GHS+150%
Admitting Officer3,570 GHS-1%
Ambulance Dispatcher3,650 GHS+2%
Ambulance Driver3,290 GHS-8%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic3,950 GHS+10%
Ambulatory Services Director7,160 GHS+99%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor8,170 GHS+130%
Anesthesia Technician5,060 GHS+41%
Anesthesiologist15,400 GHS+330%
Anesthesiology Assistant5,030 GHS+40%
Assistant Optometrist4,350 GHS+21%
Audiologist8,960 GHS+150%
Biomedical Engineering Director7,020 GHS+96%
Biomedical Engineering Technician3,620 GHS+1%
Cardiac Technician3,440 GHS-4%
Cardiovascular Specialist18,800 GHS+420%
Cardiovascular Technologist7,020 GHS+96%
Central Sterile Processing Technician4,250 GHS+18%
Charge Entry Specialist4,360 GHS+21%
Clinical Application Specialist4,570 GHS+27%
Clinical Biochemist8,040 GHS+120%
Clinical Cytogeneticist7,430 GHS+110%
Clinical Data Reviewer4,490 GHS+25%
Clinical Development Specialist5,500 GHS+53%
Clinical Field Associate4,330 GHS+21%
Clinical Genetic Technologist7,430 GHS+110%
Clinical Microbiologist9,620 GHS+170%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist7,870 GHS+120%
Clinical Neuropsychologist9,640 GHS+170%
Clinical Research Coordinator5,140 GHS+43%
Clinical Scientist9,490 GHS+160%
CME Specialist7,520 GHS+110%
CT Technologist4,540 GHS+26%
Cytogenetic Technologist6,660 GHS+86%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer5,440 GHS+52%
Dispensing Optician4,330 GHS+21%
Dosimetrist6,450 GHS+80%
EKG Technician4,250 GHS+18%
Endoscopic Assistant3,850 GHS+7%
Endoscopy Technician3,860 GHS+8%
Enterostomal Therapist6,110 GHS+70%
Epidemiologist7,710 GHS+110%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian3,790 GHS+6%
Health Systems Specialist5,790 GHS+61%
Health Technologist6,380 GHS+78%
Healthcare Data Analyst4,910 GHS+37%
Hearing Aid Specialist5,100 GHS+42%
Histotechnologist6,010 GHS+67%
Immunologist8,920 GHS+150%
Industrial Hygienist6,440 GHS+79%
Infection Control Coordinator4,610 GHS+28%
Infection Control Practitioner10,500 GHS+190%
Infection Preventionist7,380 GHS+110%
Informatics Practice Specialist5,290 GHS+47%
Interventional Radiographer7,630 GHS+110%
Lab Assistant3,650 GHS+2%
Laboratory Manager6,940 GHS+93%
Laboratory Technician3,590 GHS+0%
Low Vision Therapist8,260 GHS+130%
Mammography Technician3,890 GHS+8%
Medical Coder3,510 GHS-2%
Medical Courier2,700 GHS-25%
Medical Equipment Preparer3,690 GHS+3%
Medical Forms Designer3,100 GHS-14%
Medical Technologist3,940 GHS+10%
MRI Technologist3,940 GHS+10%
Music Therapist5,310 GHS+48%
Neonatologist10,300 GHS+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian3,770 GHS+5%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant3,510 GHS-2%
Nuclear Medical Technician5,390 GHS+50%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist5,550 GHS+55%
Nutrition Assistant3,920 GHS+9%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant3,860 GHS+8%
Operating Room Scheduler3,500 GHS-2%
Operating Room Services Director10,700 GHS+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant4,070 GHS+13%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician4,000 GHS+11%
Optician8,310 GHS+130%
Orthopedic Technician3,900 GHS+9%
Orthoptist11,200 GHS+210%
Orthotist11,000 GHS+210%
Pathology Assistant3,980 GHS+11%
Perfusionist12,300 GHS+240%
Phlebotomist3,050 GHS-15%
Pre Authorization Case Manager5,340 GHS+49%
Prosthetist9,210 GHS+160%
Radiation Therapist13,700 GHS+280%
Radiation Therapy Technologist5,740 GHS+60%
Radiographer9,170 GHS+160%
Radiography Technologist5,650 GHS+57%
Radiologic Technologist5,610 GHS+56%
Radiology Technologist5,640 GHS+57%
Respiratory Care Practitioner10,200 GHS+180%
Respiratory Therapist8,010 GHS+120%
Respiratory Therapy Technician4,410 GHS+23%
Sonographer5,710 GHS+59%
Sonography Technologist5,440 GHS+52%
Speech and Language Pathologist8,240 GHS+130%
Ultrasonographer4,570 GHS+27%
Ultrasound Technologist4,140 GHS+15%
Vascular Technologist3,680 GHS+3%
X-Ray Technologist5,690 GHS+59%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra3,810 GHS
Kumasi3,900 GHS

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 Ghana earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,860 GHS
Public Sector+8%
5,230 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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