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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Hong Kong 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Hong Kong?


Average Monthly Salary
26,600 HKD
( 319,000 HKD yearly)

LOW
14,300
HKD
AVERAGE
26,600
HKD
HIGH
40,100
HKD

A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Hong Kong typically earns around 26,600 HKD per month. Salaries range from 14,300 HKD (lowest) to 40,100 HKD (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 Hong Kong

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Hong Kong range from 14,300 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 40,100 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 24,400 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 24,400 HKD while the other half are earning more than 24,400 HKD. 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 17,500 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 17,500 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 29,700 HKD while 25% are earning more than 29,700 HKD.


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 Hong Kong 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 16,700 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 21,100 HKD 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 27,800 HKD 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 32,600 HKD 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 36,100 HKD 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 38,400 HKD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
16,700 HKD
2 - 5 Years+26%
21,100 HKD
5 - 10 Years+32%
27,800 HKD
10 - 15 Years+18%
32,600 HKD
15 - 20 Years+11%
36,100 HKD
20+ Years+6%
38,400 HKD
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 21,600 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 32,900 HKD per month, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
21,600 HKD
Master's Degree+53%
32,900 HKD
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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 183,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 549,000 Hong Kong 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

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
27,300 HKD
Female-6%
25,600 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Hong Kong 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong 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.

Hong Kong / 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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

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

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

92% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 8% 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
8%
No Bonus
92%

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 Hong Kong


150 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 150 HKD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Hong Kong earns approximately 150 HKD 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 Hong Kong
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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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Ambulance Officer and Paramedic27,000 HKD+2%
Ambulatory Services Director49,700 HKD+87%
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Assistant Optometrist30,200 HKD+14%
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Biomedical Engineering Technician26,300 HKD-1%
Cardiac Technician25,300 HKD-5%
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Cardiovascular Technologist48,700 HKD+83%
Central Sterile Processing Technician30,800 HKD+16%
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Clinical Application Specialist33,500 HKD+26%
Clinical Biochemist59,900 HKD+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist50,900 HKD+92%
Clinical Data Reviewer33,400 HKD+26%
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Clinical Field Associate33,200 HKD+25%
Clinical Genetic Technologist52,300 HKD+97%
Clinical Microbiologist66,700 HKD+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist55,500 HKD+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist72,100 HKD+170%
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Clinical Scientist67,900 HKD+160%
CME Specialist54,900 HKD+110%
CT Technologist33,400 HKD+26%
Cytogenetic Technologist49,800 HKD+87%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer39,300 HKD+48%
Dispensing Optician30,400 HKD+14%
Dosimetrist47,500 HKD+79%
EKG Technician30,300 HKD+14%
Endoscopic Assistant27,800 HKD+5%
Endoscopy Technician28,800 HKD+8%
Enterostomal Therapist46,400 HKD+75%
Epidemiologist53,700 HKD+100%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian28,700 HKD+8%
Health Systems Specialist41,000 HKD+54%
Health Technologist45,900 HKD+73%
Healthcare Data Analyst32,600 HKD+23%
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Histotechnologist44,900 HKD+69%
Immunologist60,300 HKD+130%
Industrial Hygienist45,600 HKD+72%
Infection Control Coordinator33,100 HKD+25%
Infection Control Practitioner73,300 HKD+180%
Infection Preventionist52,500 HKD+98%
Informatics Practice Specialist39,400 HKD+48%
Interventional Radiographer55,900 HKD+110%
Lab Assistant26,200 HKD-1%
Laboratory Manager50,600 HKD+90%
Laboratory Technician26,600 HKD+0%
Low Vision Therapist61,400 HKD+130%
Mammography Technician26,900 HKD+1%
Medical Coder24,600 HKD-7%
Medical Courier19,200 HKD-28%
Medical Equipment Preparer27,400 HKD+3%
Medical Forms Designer23,400 HKD-12%
Medical Technologist30,000 HKD+13%
MRI Technologist27,700 HKD+4%
Music Therapist39,100 HKD+47%
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Neurodiagnostic Techncian28,700 HKD+8%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant25,400 HKD-4%
Nuclear Medical Technician38,300 HKD+44%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist38,500 HKD+45%
Nutrition Assistant27,000 HKD+2%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant28,200 HKD+6%
Operating Room Scheduler25,300 HKD-5%
Operating Room Services Director78,300 HKD+190%
Ophthalmic Assistant27,800 HKD+5%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician27,700 HKD+4%
Optician60,900 HKD+130%
Orthopedic Technician29,100 HKD+10%
Orthoptist80,200 HKD+200%
Orthotist80,000 HKD+200%
Pathology Assistant27,200 HKD+2%
Perfusionist87,500 HKD+230%
Phlebotomist20,800 HKD-22%
Pre Authorization Case Manager39,600 HKD+49%
Prosthetist64,500 HKD+140%
Radiation Therapist94,900 HKD+260%
Radiation Therapy Technologist40,300 HKD+52%
Radiographer62,700 HKD+140%
Radiography Technologist40,200 HKD+51%
Radiologic Technologist40,100 HKD+51%
Radiology Technologist39,500 HKD+49%
Respiratory Care Practitioner72,100 HKD+170%
Respiratory Therapist54,500 HKD+110%
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Sonographer40,200 HKD+51%
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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 Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
35,500 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,200 HKD
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