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Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The clinical laboratory technologists and technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,990
25th Percentile Wage
$37,330
50th Percentile Wage
$50,930
75th Percentile Wage
$64,170
90th Percentile Wage
$78,470

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is $78,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,990. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 170% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,9300.75%6.11%
201550,5502.45%-
201449,3101.16%-
201348,7401.89%-
201247,820--

Table 2. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $61,380. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $34,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$61,380
Finance and Insurance
$55,400
Manufacturing
$54,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$53,790
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,280
Educational Services
$48,540
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,180
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,750


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