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 salaries in Ghana range from 1,830 GHS per month (minimum salary) to 5,530 GHS per month (maximum 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+31%|
|5 - 10 Years||+40%|
|10 - 15 Years||+20%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ghana 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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||9,060 GHS||+150%|
|Admitting Officer||3,570 GHS||-1%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||3,650 GHS||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||3,290 GHS||-8%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||3,950 GHS||+10%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||7,160 GHS||+99%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||8,170 GHS||+130%|
|Anesthesia Technician||5,060 GHS||+41%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||5,030 GHS||+40%|
|Assistant Optometrist||4,350 GHS||+21%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||7,020 GHS||+96%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||3,620 GHS||+1%|
|Cardiac Technician||3,440 GHS||-4%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||18,800 GHS||+420%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||7,020 GHS||+96%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||4,250 GHS||+18%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||4,360 GHS||+21%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||4,570 GHS||+27%|
|Clinical Biochemist||8,040 GHS||+120%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||7,430 GHS||+110%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||4,490 GHS||+25%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||5,500 GHS||+53%|
|Clinical Field Associate||4,330 GHS||+21%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||7,430 GHS||+110%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||9,620 GHS||+170%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||7,870 GHS||+120%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||9,640 GHS||+170%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||5,140 GHS||+43%|
|Clinical Scientist||9,490 GHS||+160%|
|CME Specialist||7,520 GHS||+110%|
|CT Technologist||4,540 GHS||+26%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||6,660 GHS||+86%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||5,440 GHS||+52%|
|Dispensing Optician||4,330 GHS||+21%|
|EKG Technician||4,250 GHS||+18%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||3,850 GHS||+7%|
|Endoscopy Technician||3,860 GHS||+8%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||6,110 GHS||+70%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||3,790 GHS||+6%|
|Health Systems Specialist||5,790 GHS||+61%|
|Health Technologist||6,380 GHS||+78%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||4,910 GHS||+37%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||5,100 GHS||+42%|
|Industrial Hygienist||6,440 GHS||+79%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||4,610 GHS||+28%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||10,500 GHS||+190%|
|Infection Preventionist||7,380 GHS||+110%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||5,290 GHS||+47%|
|Interventional Radiographer||7,630 GHS||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||3,650 GHS||+2%|
|Laboratory Manager||6,940 GHS||+93%|
|Laboratory Technician||3,590 GHS||+0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||8,260 GHS||+130%|
|Mammography Technician||3,890 GHS||+8%|
|Medical Coder||3,510 GHS||-2%|
|Medical Courier||2,700 GHS||-25%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||3,690 GHS||+3%|
|Medical Forms Designer||3,100 GHS||-14%|
|Medical Technologist||3,940 GHS||+10%|
|MRI Technologist||3,940 GHS||+10%|
|Music Therapist||5,310 GHS||+48%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||3,770 GHS||+5%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||3,510 GHS||-2%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||5,390 GHS||+50%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||5,550 GHS||+55%|
|Nutrition Assistant||3,920 GHS||+9%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||3,860 GHS||+8%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||3,500 GHS||-2%|
|Operating Room Services Director||10,700 GHS||+200%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||4,070 GHS||+13%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||4,000 GHS||+11%|
|Orthopedic Technician||3,900 GHS||+9%|
|Pathology Assistant||3,980 GHS||+11%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||5,340 GHS||+49%|
|Radiation Therapist||13,700 GHS||+280%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||5,740 GHS||+60%|
|Radiography Technologist||5,650 GHS||+57%|
|Radiologic Technologist||5,610 GHS||+56%|
|Radiology Technologist||5,640 GHS||+57%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||10,200 GHS||+180%|
|Respiratory Therapist||8,010 GHS||+120%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||4,410 GHS||+23%|
|Sonography Technologist||5,440 GHS||+52%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||8,240 GHS||+130%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||4,140 GHS||+15%|
|Vascular Technologist||3,680 GHS||+3%|
|X-Ray Technologist||5,690 GHS||+59%|
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.