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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in United Kingdom 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
52,800 GBP
( 4,400 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in United Kingdom typically earns around 52,800 GBP per year. Salaries range from 27,500 GBP (lowest) to 80,800 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in United Kingdom range from 27,500 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 80,800 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 50,700 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 50,700 GBP while the other half are earning more than 50,700 GBP. 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 35,200 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 35,200 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 63,100 GBP while 25% are earning more than 63,100 GBP.

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 yearly United Kingdom 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 31,200 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 41,900 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 54,400 GBP per year, 30% 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 65,900 GBP per year, 21% 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 72,000 GBP per year, 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 75,700 GBP per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
31,200 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
41,900 GBP
5 - 10 Years+30%
54,400 GBP
10 - 15 Years+21%
65,900 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
72,000 GBP
20+ Years+5%
75,700 GBP
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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Laboratory Technician
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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 44,000 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 61,100 GBP per year, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
44,000 GBP
Master's Degree+39%
61,100 GBP
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 United Kingdom costs anywhere from 29,600 Pound Sterling(s) to 88,700 Pound Sterling(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 yearly United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

54,000 GBP
51,700 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom 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.

United Kingdom / 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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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

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

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% 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
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 United Kingdom

25 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 25 GBP. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in United Kingdom earns approximately 25 GBP 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 yearly United Kingdom
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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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Central Sterile Processing Technician58,400 GBP+11%
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Clinical Biochemist121,000 GBP+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist106,000 GBP+100%
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Clinical Genetic Technologist107,000 GBP+100%
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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer82,500 GBP+56%
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Dosimetrist92,800 GBP+76%
EKG Technician66,700 GBP+26%
Endoscopic Assistant60,700 GBP+15%
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Enterostomal Therapist96,400 GBP+83%
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FGP Ultrasound Techncian57,500 GBP+9%
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Healthcare Data Analyst69,200 GBP+31%
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Immunologist129,000 GBP+140%
Industrial Hygienist91,200 GBP+73%
Infection Control Coordinator68,400 GBP+30%
Infection Control Practitioner154,000 GBP+190%
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Informatics Practice Specialist76,400 GBP+45%
Interventional Radiographer116,000 GBP+120%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen57,300 GBP
Abingdon48,100 GBP
Armagh55,300 GBP
Bangor47,800 GBP
Belfast57,200 GBP
Birmingham64,700 GBP
Bradford59,900 GBP
Brighton56,900 GBP
Bristol59,200 GBP
Cambridge54,800 GBP
Canterbury50,200 GBP
Cardiff57,600 GBP
Chester50,700 GBP
Coventry57,300 GBP
Derby54,400 GBP
Derry50,100 GBP
Dundee54,300 GBP
Durham51,500 GBP
Edinburgh58,900 GBP
Exeter53,000 GBP
Glasgow59,000 GBP
Gloucester51,200 GBP
Hartlepool48,900 GBP
Inverness50,800 GBP
Kingston upon Hull60,100 GBP
Kirkwall48,000 GBP
Leeds61,900 GBP
Leicester58,300 GBP
Lincoln51,200 GBP
Lisburn52,300 GBP
Liverpool63,100 GBP
London62,700 GBP
Manchester59,600 GBP
Newcastle55,600 GBP
Newport56,500 GBP
Newry52,800 GBP
Norwich54,900 GBP
Nottingham59,100 GBP
Oxford54,000 GBP
Peterborough53,200 GBP
Plymouth59,100 GBP
Poole54,400 GBP
Portsmouth55,300 GBP
Ripon46,600 GBP
Salisbury52,000 GBP
Sheffield61,800 GBP
Somerset57,900 GBP
Southampton56,000 GBP
St Davids48,000 GBP
Stirling50,600 GBP
Stromness45,200 GBP
Strontian48,200 GBP
Swansea56,000 GBP
Truro47,300 GBP
Wakefield48,200 GBP
Wells48,800 GBP
Winchester49,800 GBP
Wolverhampton55,500 GBP
York52,500 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England97,900 GBP
Northern Ireland49,400 GBP
Scotland77,900 GBP
Wales50,200 GBP

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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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