What do medical laboratory technicians make?

According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the median hourly wage for medical laboratory technicians (also known as aides, attendants, or assistants) was $22.70—meaning that half of those in this occupation earned less than this amount and half earned more. This is slightly higher than the median hourly wage for all occupations, which was $21.00.

In 2009, the overall average hourly wage for medical laboratory technicians was $24.10. The average medical laboratory technician makes approximately $40,000 per year.

Things to consider:

  • Pay varies by geographical location. Currently, the highest hourly wage is found in Montreal, Quebec at $23.00, and the lowest in Winnipeg, Manitoba at $17.30.
  • Even though medical laboratory technicians are essential to healthcare, finding a stable job as one can be challenging. “Unfortunately, most of the jobs out there are on a casual, temporary basis,” says Craig O’Brien, a medical lab technician at a Toronto hospital. “Getting a job that will give you full-time hours and more than a one-year contract takes time and dedication.”
  • As with any other occupation, more experience equals higher pay. If you want to make significantly more money and have a bit more job security, you may want to consider the medical laboratory technologist profession, in which the average annual salary is more than $60,000 and there are more full-time jobs.
Published on April 19, 2012
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