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How much does a Lab Technician Earn?

The median annual wage for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $52,330 in May 2018. 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 less than $29,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,330.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private$55,040
Outpatient care centers50,520
Medical and diagnostic laboratories50,040
Junior colleges, colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private50,010
Offices of physicians47,060

Most clinical laboratory technologists and technicians work full time. Technologists and technicians who work in facilities that are always open, such as hospitals and some independent laboratories, may work evening, weekend, or overnight hours.

Career Outlook for Lab Technicians

Employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Prenatal testing for various types of genetic conditions also is increasingly common. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

Job Prospects

Job prospects will be best for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians who complete an accredited education program and earn professional certification.