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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Papua New Guinea 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Papua New Guinea?

Average Monthly Salary
3,050 PGK
( 36,600 PGK yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Papua New Guinea typically earns around 3,050 PGK per month. Salaries range from 1,500 PGK (lowest) to 4,760 PGK (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 Papua New Guinea

Median and salary distribution monthly Papua New Guinea Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Papua New Guinea range from 1,500 PGK per month (minimum salary) to 4,760 PGK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,120 PGK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,120 PGK while the other half are earning more than 3,120 PGK. 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 2,080 PGK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,080 PGK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 4,020 PGK while 25% are earning more than 4,020 PGK.

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 Papua New Guinea 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 1,770 PGK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,280 PGK 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 3,150 PGK 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 3,900 PGK 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 4,180 PGK 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 4,450 PGK per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Papua New Guinea

0 - 2 Years
1,770 PGK
2 - 5 Years+29%
2,280 PGK
5 - 10 Years+38%
3,150 PGK
10 - 15 Years+24%
3,900 PGK
15 - 20 Years+7%
4,180 PGK
20+ Years+7%
4,450 PGK
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 2,220 PGK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,560 PGK per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Papua New Guinea

Bachelor's Degree
2,220 PGK
Master's Degree+60%
3,560 PGK
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 Papua New Guinea costs anywhere from 20,500 Kina(s) to 61,600 Kina(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

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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 Papua New Guinea earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,180 PGK
2,860 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Papua New Guinea for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Papua New Guinea
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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Papua New Guinea

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Papua New Guinea are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Papua New Guinea 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.

Papua New Guinea / 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 Papua New Guinea is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea

18 PGK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Papua New Guinea is 18 PGK. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Papua New Guinea earns approximately 18 PGK 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 Papua New Guinea
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 40% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer2,970 PGK-3%
Ambulance Dispatcher3,100 PGK+2%
Ambulance Driver2,760 PGK-10%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic3,260 PGK+7%
Ambulatory Services Director5,820 PGK+91%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor7,290 PGK+140%
Anesthesia Technician4,480 PGK+47%
Anesthesiologist12,400 PGK+310%
Anesthesiology Assistant4,290 PGK+40%
Assistant Optometrist3,600 PGK+18%
Audiologist7,040 PGK+130%
Biomedical Engineering Director5,550 PGK+82%
Biomedical Engineering Technician2,820 PGK-8%
Cardiac Technician2,920 PGK-4%
Cardiovascular Specialist15,500 PGK+410%
Cardiovascular Technologist5,700 PGK+87%
Central Sterile Processing Technician3,310 PGK+8%
Charge Entry Specialist3,920 PGK+28%
Clinical Application Specialist3,650 PGK+20%
Clinical Biochemist6,860 PGK+120%
Clinical Cytogeneticist5,660 PGK+85%
Clinical Data Reviewer3,530 PGK+16%
Clinical Development Specialist4,720 PGK+55%
Clinical Field Associate3,660 PGK+20%
Clinical Genetic Technologist5,600 PGK+83%
Clinical Microbiologist7,970 PGK+160%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist6,440 PGK+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist8,400 PGK+180%
Clinical Research Coordinator4,320 PGK+41%
Clinical Scientist7,650 PGK+150%
CME Specialist6,110 PGK+100%
CT Technologist3,860 PGK+26%
Cytogenetic Technologist5,580 PGK+83%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer4,310 PGK+41%
Dispensing Optician3,460 PGK+13%
Dosimetrist5,470 PGK+79%
EKG Technician3,710 PGK+21%
Endoscopic Assistant3,180 PGK+4%
Endoscopy Technician3,230 PGK+6%
Enterostomal Therapist5,050 PGK+65%
Epidemiologist6,670 PGK+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian3,390 PGK+11%
Health Systems Specialist4,840 PGK+58%
Health Technologist5,260 PGK+72%
Healthcare Data Analyst3,770 PGK+23%
Hearing Aid Specialist3,970 PGK+30%
Histotechnologist5,030 PGK+65%
Immunologist7,180 PGK+140%
Industrial Hygienist5,170 PGK+69%
Infection Control Coordinator3,650 PGK+20%
Infection Control Practitioner8,210 PGK+170%
Infection Preventionist5,700 PGK+87%
Informatics Practice Specialist4,330 PGK+42%
Interventional Radiographer6,340 PGK+110%
Lab Assistant3,010 PGK-1%
Laboratory Manager5,420 PGK+77%
Laboratory Technician3,050 PGK-0%
Low Vision Therapist6,500 PGK+110%
Mammography Technician2,910 PGK-5%
Medical Coder2,760 PGK-10%
Medical Courier2,090 PGK-32%
Medical Equipment Preparer3,270 PGK+7%
Medical Forms Designer2,660 PGK-13%
Medical Technologist3,390 PGK+11%
MRI Technologist3,220 PGK+5%
Music Therapist4,420 PGK+45%
Neonatologist8,290 PGK+170%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian3,310 PGK+8%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant2,960 PGK-3%
Nuclear Medical Technician4,340 PGK+42%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist4,420 PGK+45%
Nutrition Assistant3,180 PGK+4%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant3,270 PGK+7%
Operating Room Scheduler2,780 PGK-9%
Operating Room Services Director9,230 PGK+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant3,360 PGK+10%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician3,250 PGK+6%
Optician7,180 PGK+140%
Orthopedic Technician3,330 PGK+9%
Orthoptist8,840 PGK+190%
Orthotist8,550 PGK+180%
Pathology Assistant3,030 PGK-1%
Perfusionist9,900 PGK+220%
Phlebotomist2,410 PGK-21%
Pre Authorization Case Manager4,730 PGK+55%
Prosthetist7,820 PGK+160%
Radiation Therapist11,300 PGK+270%
Radiation Therapy Technologist4,510 PGK+48%
Radiographer6,970 PGK+130%
Radiography Technologist4,370 PGK+43%
Radiologic Technologist4,620 PGK+51%
Radiology Technologist4,600 PGK+51%
Respiratory Care Practitioner8,010 PGK+160%
Respiratory Therapist6,340 PGK+110%
Respiratory Therapy Technician3,780 PGK+24%
Sonographer4,310 PGK+41%
Sonography Technologist4,310 PGK+41%
Speech and Language Pathologist6,740 PGK+120%
Ultrasonographer3,450 PGK+13%
Ultrasound Technologist3,330 PGK+9%
Vascular Technologist3,280 PGK+7%
X-Ray Technologist4,330 PGK+42%

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 Papua New Guinea earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,780 PGK
Public Sector+14%
4,310 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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