Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Clinical Lab Tech Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets

There were approximately 326,000 clinical lab techs (technicians and technologists) employed in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Clinical lab techs work mainly in hospitals and medical diagnostic laboratories, with smaller numbers being employed in physician offices, in professional education institutions and with ambulatory health service providers. Clinical lab techs typically earn slightly better salaries than workers in most other occupations.  As of May 2019, according to BLS estimates, the national mean wage for clinical lab techs was $54,780 per year, slightly ahead of the $53,490 annual mean wage for workers in all occupations in the U.S.  Clinical lab tech pay varies widely from region-to-region.  BLS data from May 2019, reveals the following about clinical lab tech pay in the top 20 metro markets in the United States:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 18,490 $68,260
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 11,240 $62,200
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 10,040 $52,660
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 8,240 $57,380
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 7,330 $54,520
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 6,830 $61,520
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 6,200 $54,050
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 6,060 $58,010
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 6,720 $53,580
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 6,670 $50,330
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 8,710 $61,100
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 4,480 $65,210
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,620 $59,820
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 4,960 $52,940
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 4,460 $61,570
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 4,310 $56,120
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 2,850 $60,070
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 4,290 $49,480
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 3,060 $56,220
20 St. Louis 5,010 $50,680
National 326,020 $54,780

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 5, 2020