What are typical lab assistant salaries?

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Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

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TwentyFourSeven in Oakland, California

76 months ago

Rate of pay is dependent on where you live, type of lab, and lab setting. Entry level clinical lab assistants placed in hospital settings are paid higher in the bay area. Rate of pay starts around $20/hour at some hospitals. The only opportunities for salary increase is experience and education. Lab assistants who want to excel in the field usually get their MLT(Medical Lab Technician) certification which entails an AA as the first step. Those who move furthur beyond obtain their CLS license (Clinical Laboratory Science.)

propi in Bellville, South Africa

73 months ago

R2000.00 p/m

Donna DeSalvo in Gretna, Louisiana

48 months ago

This is not true,you might make 15.00 but they are not paying 30.00 an hour.

Donna DeSalvo in Gretna, Louisiana

48 months ago

not true,maybe half that.

Donna DeSalvo in Gretna, Louisiana

48 months ago

Donna DeSalvo in Gretna, Louisiana said: not true,maybe half that.

this is true.

LaKE in Seattle, Washington

44 months ago

I am a Sr lab assistant at a unionized clinical lab and I earn 22.10/hr base wages at the step level 18. Additionally I am compensated 2.50/hr night-shift differential. I have worked for this company 14 years and started at step level 5 due to previous experience.

LaKE in Seattle, Washington

44 months ago

Clinical Lab assistants do a variety of what's called "pre-analytical" functions. Some examples are venipuncture, receiving and labeling specimens, verifying test orders, entering patient and test information into database, keeping track of lab supply inventory, preparing specimens in various ways. This could include inoculating and streaking out culture dishes, separating serum from blood samples, preparing slides and other duties. Lab assistants also perform some lesser complexity testing as allowed by regulations. They usually work in support of medical technologists or MLT's.

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