Medical Technologist Salary in 2018

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The Average Salary 

The average salary of medical technologist in US is $59,430.

Medical technologists, also known as medical laboratory scientists, collect samples and perform tests to analyze tissues, fluids and other bodily substances. These professionals also study blood samples that are used for transfusions. They will determine the blood type, cell morphology, compatibility with other blood types, and the number of cells. Demand for these skilled technicians is high, and their position demands a higher-than-average salary.

  • Median Medical Technologist Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%

$59,430 per year

$28.57 per hour

The median salary is the mid-point of all salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for this occupation. Medical technologists earn a median salary of $59,430 per year, or $28.57 an hour.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 66% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

Retirement Accounts

Disability Insurance

Time Off

Social Security

Other Perks


A medical technologist’s base salary does not tell the whole story. As medical professionals, those in this field will also earn other benefits and bonuses. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, social security, disability, pension, 401k and more. The total salary package for the average medical technologist is $90,184 a year.

Cities with the highest paying medical technologists

CitiesAnnual Salary
Medical Technologist Salary in Oakland, California$96,150
Medical Technologist Salary in Chico, California$92,600
Medical Technologist Salary in Stockton, California$91,520.
Medical Technologist Salary in San Francisco, California$90,750

States with the highest paying medical technologists

StatesAnnual Salary
Medical Technologist Salary in California$80,180
Medical Technologist Salary in Massachusetts $70,090
Medical Technologist Salary in Connecticut$70,090
Medical Technologist Salary in Rhode Island$68,210
Medical Technologist Salary in Vermont$68,000

Factors affecting medical technologist salaries

A medical technologist’s salary is highly dependent on the location of employment, experience level and the industry


Location will be a major factor in how much a medical technologist will earn. Those who work in metropolitan areas will typically receive a higher salary than those working in smaller cities and towns. California offers the highest salary, and the top five highest paying cities for this occupation are all located in the state. Other high paying states include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Vermont.

2. Industry

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the top five industries that employ medical technologists. These industries include: hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, physician offices, colleges and universities, and federal executive branch. Hospitals, by far, employ the most medical technologists and offer a higher salary than three of the remaining four industries. Only the federal executive branch offers a slightly higher salary than hospitals.

3. Experience

Experience will, of course, have an effect on a medical technologist’s salary. The more experience, the higher the pay. Those in the top 10th percentile of earners will have decades of experience.


Training and Certification Requirements

Medical technologists must have a bachelor’s degree to enter the field. Some states will also require technologists to be licensed before they can start working.

Hospitals and universities offer medical technology programs that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in life sciences or medical technology. An undergraduate degree will allow a student to enter into an entry-level position in the field.

Courses in an undergraduate program will include biology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, mathematics, management, education and laboratory skills. This degree is often referred to as a medical laboratory scientist degree. Some hospitals will offer these programs to students in their senior year of college.

While most technologists will be able to enter the field right after graduation, there are some who will have to become licensed by the state first. To become licensed, a medical technologist will have to have a bachelor’s degree and pass an exam. States will each have their own special requirements, so those who are interested in this career path are advised to contact state departments of health to learn more information on becoming licensed.

In some states, certification will be required for licensing. While it may not be a requirement in all states, employers tend to prefer hiring certified medical technologists.

International Medical Technologist Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary
Medical Technologist Salary in the UK£20,611 – £45,226
Medical Technologist Salary in CanadaC$20,181– C$77,501
Medical Technologist Salary in AustraliaAU$48,500 – AU$97,353


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