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“Clinical lab technician” is a generic term for various positions including medical technologists (MT), clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) (four-year degrees) and medical laboratory technologist (MLT) (two-year degree.)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median clinical lab tech salary was $37,970 in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $58,910, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $25,210.
The American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual 2013 wage study reports that the staff level MT/MLS/CLS national average is $56,430 per year and $77,113 per year at the supervisory level.
Medical Laboratory Observer’s 2015 salary survey notes that most survey participants (60%) hold a bachelor’s degree, and these laboratorians earn an average of $77,977. Thirty percent hold post-graduate degrees, and their average income is the $83,534.
Other sources report that medical laboratory technicians typically earn an average salary of $35,000 to $65,000 per year. Laboratory Corporation of America, one of the two largest national labs, reports salaries between $35,000 and $52,000, while Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the New York City area reports salaries between $66,000 and $77,000.
Clinical lab tech salaries for women are generally less than for men in this field.
Top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Oakland, California; Norwich, Connecticut; and San Francisco.
Clinical lab tech salaries vary depending on a number of factors including industry, company size, location, years of experience and level of education.
Clinical laboratory technicians are responsible for tasks including examining body fluids and cells and matching blood for transfusions. The job requires the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters. With continued advancements in technology, lab work has become more analytical, so laboratory personnel should have excellent judgment skills. More complex procedures are reserved for clinical lab or medical technologists, who must possess a bachelor’s degree. Technicians, who must hold at least an associate degree, often work under the supervision of technologists.
Continual new advances in human genetic testing, biomarkers and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology are creating more challenges and job opportunities for clinical laboratory science professionals. It is a fast-growing field, and there will be great demand for clinical laboratory professionals in the future.
With steady population growth and the development of new lab tests, the job market for clinical laboratory technicians is expected to remain strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects clinical laboratory technician employment growth of 29.7 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 47,900 more professionals to the 325,800 jobs currently in this field.