Medical lab technicians work in hospitals and labs performing tests on patient tissue, blood, fluids, and other samples. Medical lab techs play a significant role in diagnosing and preventing contagious and deadly diseases like cancer and HIV.

Medical Lab Tech Job Description Can Include

  • Study all aspects of samples
  • Perform tests that help diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Use required tools like microscopes and cell counters
  • Detect abnormalities or diseases
  • Find parasites, microorganisms, and bacteria
  • Analyze and record findings
  • Sanitize the lab area

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2023 Salary Info

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2023, the mean annual wage for a clinical lab tech was $62,870. Entry-level medical lab technicians made around $36,770 per year, and the top 10% brought in around $93,900. This is a full-time job, often with irregular hours such as evening and weekends, depending on when the hiring medical facility is open.

Top Paying States For Medical Lab Technicians

State Salary
New York $81,930
Oregon $76,830
Connecticut $76,190
Vermont $75,660
New Hampshire $74,920

Industries with the Highest Employment for Clinical Lab Technicians

Industry Salary
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $66,680
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $61,100
Offices of Physicians $56,440
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $50,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $60,900

States With Highest Levels of Employment

State Salary
Texas $57,080
California $73,560
Florida $58,450
New York $81,930
Massachusetts $70,270

Job Outlook

Through 2032, employment for medical lab technicians is expected to grow 5%, which is as fast as the national average of all occupations.

The aging population means more diagnosing of illnesses being done. Medical lab techs who have completed an accredited program and have gotten licensed and certified will have a leg up on the competition.

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last salary edit: 4/22/24