The American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2017 Wage
Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States
Taken directly from the study (Garcia, Kundu, Fong, 2018):
The national average hourly wage for staff-level HTs is $26.08 (SD, $5.75; Figure 4). Pay rates among the laboratory facilities are highest in academic hospitals with 300 to 499 beds, which provide staff HTs with the highest average hourly wage of $27.36. Academic hospitals with more than 500 beds pay $27.05 on average. Academic hospitals with 100 to 299 beds pay an average hourly wage of $26.56. On average, reference/independent laboratories pay $26.39 an hour, and nonacademic hospitals with 100 to 299 beds pay the least at $24.08 per hour, on average. The average age of a staff HT is 41.09 years.
Lead-level HTs are paid an average hourly rate of $28.76 (SD, $6.05), not a significant raise from 2015. The average age of lead HTs is 47.08 years. HT supervisors earn an average hourly rate of $31.45 (SD, $8.45), and HT managers are paid $39.29 (SD, $10.00), a salary decrease compared with 2015 (Figure 4). The average annual wages of HTs by job level are listed in Table 5. Supervisors and managers are aged 47.49 years and 48.46 years on average, respectively.
Overall, all HT respondents are paid the highest in private laboratories at $29.92 per hour and the least in nonacademic hospitals with 100 to 299 beds at $24.79 Figure 8 . The average age for all HT respondents is 43.54 years, higher than the national average2 (Figure 5).
By department, anatomic pathology pays HTs an average hourly wage of $32.43, while histology departments pay $30.06. Geographically, HTs, regardless of position level, are paid a significantly higher wage in California at $34.99, followed by Pennsylvania at $27.33, Ohio at $25.55, and Texas at $25.52. HT respondents from urban areas comprise 5.08% and get paid an average hourly wage of $27.43. HTs from urban clusters (5.03%) receive an average hourly wage of $25.94 (Table 6). According to the survey results, HTs have an average of 17.31 years of total experience in the laboratory field and have been in their current position for 6.84 years (Figures 6 and 7).
The overall sample sizes (n < 30) for occupational levels were too small for meaningful statistical analysis of average age by all states and of pay rates by all facilities, departments, and states surveyed. Therefore, we report data from only certain facilities.
The average hourly wage for staff HTLs is $27.10 (SD, $6.17; Figure 4). Academic hospitals with over 500 beds pay $27.45, on average, similar to the hourly rate reported in the 2015 ASCP wage survey report. Staff HTLs have an average age of 39.41 years.
Lead-level HTLs are paid an average hourly rate of $29.62 (SD, $4.99). The average age of a lead HT is 42.05 years. Supervisor HTLs are paid an average hourly wage of $34.04 (SD, $8.27; Figure 4). The average age for supervisors is 44.67 years. The average annual wages of HTLs by job level are listed in Table 5. Survey results indicate that the average age for managers is 49.0 years.
Analysis of average hourly wages paid by facilities for leads, supervisors, managers, and directors was not performed due to the small sample size (n < 30) for each level. Regardless of level, academic hospitals with over 500 beds show the highest hourly pay rate at $30.50. The average age for all HTL respondents is 41.87 years, which is younger than the national average2 (Figure 5).
By department, most HTL respondents are found in histology. They are paid an average hourly wage of $33.79. Respondents from urban areas were 2.67% HTLs with an average hourly wage of $29.78. In urban clusters, there were 2.13% HTLs who get paid $27.65 an hour (Table 5). Overall, HTLs have an average of 16.61 years of total experience in the laboratory field and have been working in their current occupational title for an average of 6.00 years (Figures 6 and 7).
The overall sample sizes (n < 30) for the occupational levels were too small for meaningful statistical analysis of pay rates by all facilities and states surveyed. For the same reason, analysis of the average age by state for HTLs was not performed.
Garcia E., Kundu, I., Fong, K. (2018). The American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2017 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Volume 151, Issue 1, 1 January 2019, Pages 29–52, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcp/aqy139