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Clinical Laboratory Technician Earnings

The median annual wage of medical laboratory technologists was $56,130 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned more than $38,810, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,780. 

The median annual wages in selected industries employing medical laboratory technologists were as follows:

Federal government $62,880
Hospitals; state, local, and private 56,470
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 55,930
Offices of physicians 52,250

The median annual wage of medical laboratory technicians was $36,280 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned more than $24,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,040. 

The median annual wages in selected industries employing medical laboratory technicians were as follows:

Federal government $40,180
Hospitals; state, local, and private 37,130
Offices of physicians 35,790
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 34,280

According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the median hourly wages of staff clinical laboratory technologists and technicians in various specialties and in different types of laboratories in 2010 were as follows:

Specialty Hospital Private Clinic Physician's Office Reference Lab Total
Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist $28.62 $27.36 $25.26 $30.56 $28.64
Medical Laboratory Technician $21.02 $18.84 $18.94 $21.62 $20.66
Phlebotomy Technician $13.50 $15.90 $13.00 $20.16 $14.52
Histotechnologist $28.66 $25.00 $29.14 $30.10 $28.94
Histotechnician $24.16 $23.74 $27.82 $26.62 $24.78
Cytotechnologist $31.02 $33.10 $39.00 $31.34 $31.14

Most medical laboratory technologists and technicians work full time. Technologists and technicians who work in facilities that operate around the clock, such as hospitals and some independent laboratories, may work evening, weekend, or overnight hours.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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