A person working as a Laboratory Technician in United States typically earns around 68,700 USD per year. Salaries range from 33,000 USD (lowest) to 108,000 USD (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 salaries in United States range from 33,000 USD per year (minimum salary) to 108,000 USD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 71,400 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 71,400 USD while the other half are earning more than 71,400 USD. 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 47,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 47,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 93,200 USD while 25% are earning more than 93,200 USD.
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 38,600 USD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 54,700 USD per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 71,900 USD per year, 31% 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 88,400 USD per year, 23% 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 94,000 USD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 103,000 USD per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+42%|
|5 - 10 Years||+31%|
|10 - 15 Years||+23%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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 60,700 USD per year.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 86,900 USD per year, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US 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.
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 States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 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 United States 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.
67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% 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.
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 42% 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||185,000 USD||+170%|
|Admitting Officer||68,500 USD||-0%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||69,800 USD||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||66,100 USD||-4%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||78,500 USD||+14%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||149,000 USD||+120%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||164,000 USD||+140%|
|Anesthesia Technician||99,900 USD||+45%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||99,200 USD||+44%|
|Assistant Optometrist||85,300 USD||+24%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||132,000 USD||+92%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||71,100 USD||+4%|
|Cardiac Technician||63,900 USD||-7%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||374,000 USD||+440%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||146,000 USD||+110%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||83,400 USD||+21%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||93,400 USD||+36%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||89,500 USD||+30%|
|Clinical Biochemist||158,000 USD||+130%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||139,000 USD||+100%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||92,100 USD||+34%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||107,000 USD||+56%|
|Clinical Field Associate||88,400 USD||+29%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||144,000 USD||+110%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||189,000 USD||+180%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||162,000 USD||+140%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||204,000 USD||+200%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||109,000 USD||+59%|
|Clinical Scientist||185,000 USD||+170%|
|CME Specialist||149,000 USD||+120%|
|CT Technologist||84,500 USD||+23%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||130,000 USD||+89%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||108,000 USD||+57%|
|Dispensing Optician||83,000 USD||+21%|
|EKG Technician||85,500 USD||+24%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||74,800 USD||+9%|
|Endoscopy Technician||75,300 USD||+10%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||125,000 USD||+82%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||80,000 USD||+16%|
|Health Systems Specialist||115,000 USD||+67%|
|Health Technologist||120,000 USD||+75%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||98,100 USD||+43%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||95,200 USD||+39%|
|Industrial Hygienist||118,000 USD||+72%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||88,900 USD||+29%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||193,000 USD||+180%|
|Infection Preventionist||143,000 USD||+110%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||106,000 USD||+54%|
|Interventional Radiographer||146,000 USD||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||68,800 USD||+0%|
|Laboratory Manager||140,000 USD||+100%|
|Laboratory Technician||68,700 USD||+0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||169,000 USD||+150%|
|Mammography Technician||74,100 USD||+8%|
|Medical Coder||64,700 USD||-6%|
|Medical Courier||52,100 USD||-24%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||76,700 USD||+12%|
|Medical Forms Designer||60,300 USD||-12%|
|Medical Technologist||79,100 USD||+15%|
|MRI Technologist||78,700 USD||+15%|
|Music Therapist||105,000 USD||+53%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||73,100 USD||+6%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||71,100 USD||+4%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||102,000 USD||+48%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||100,000 USD||+46%|
|Nutrition Assistant||77,100 USD||+12%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||82,800 USD||+21%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||69,500 USD||+1%|
|Operating Room Services Director||222,000 USD||+220%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||80,900 USD||+18%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||83,200 USD||+21%|
|Orthopedic Technician||76,900 USD||+12%|
|Pathology Assistant||74,500 USD||+8%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||111,000 USD||+62%|
|Radiation Therapist||268,000 USD||+290%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||106,000 USD||+54%|
|Radiography Technologist||109,000 USD||+59%|
|Radiologic Technologist||103,000 USD||+50%|
|Radiology Technologist||112,000 USD||+63%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||199,000 USD||+190%|
|Respiratory Therapist||158,000 USD||+130%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||90,200 USD||+31%|
|Sonography Technologist||108,000 USD||+57%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||169,000 USD||+150%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||80,600 USD||+17%|
|Vascular Technologist||77,600 USD||+13%|
|X-Ray Technologist||112,000 USD||+63%|
|Iowa City||58,200 USD|
|Kansas City||68,700 USD|
|Las Vegas||68,300 USD|
|Long Beach||67,800 USD|
|Los Angeles||89,600 USD|
|New Orleans||62,300 USD|
|New York||83,800 USD|
|Oklahoma City||70,700 USD|
|San Antonio||79,300 USD|
|San Diego||83,100 USD|
|San Francisco||75,700 USD|
|San Jose||79,800 USD|
|Washington D.C.||71,400 USD|
|District of Columbia||61,600 USD|
|New Hampshire||70,000 USD|
|New Jersey||79,500 USD|
|New Mexico||69,000 USD|
|New York||78,500 USD|
|North Carolina||74,600 USD|
|North Dakota||65,700 USD|
|Rhode Island||65,900 USD|
|South Carolina||72,100 USD|
|South Dakota||62,800 USD|
|West Virginia||67,700 USD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.