Saturday, February 27, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Areas for Clinical Lab Tech Pay

Last December we took a look at Clinical Lab Tech Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets.  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that, without question, the biggest population metro areas are major employment centers for clinical lab technologists and technicians. However, a deeper dive into the BLS data makes it clear that clinical lab techs employed in smaller metro markets very often attain better compensation levels than do their larger market counterparts. In fact, May 2019 data from the BLS reveals that only one of the 20 largest metro markets in the U.S. were among the 20 best metropolitan areas for clinical lab tech pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 90 $80,560
2 Carson City, NV 50 $78,400
3 Anchorage, AK 370 $76,370
4 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 70 $75,180
5 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1,690 $73,530
6 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 310 $73,410
7 Redding, CA 150 $72,850
8 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 220 $71,790
9 Fairbanks, AK 40 $71,670
10 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 170 $71,390
11 New Haven, CT 1,220 $69,870
12 Longview, WA 50 $69,070
13 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 660 $68,870
14 Bellingham, WA 140 $68,860
15 Salinas, CA 110 $68,610
16 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 18,490 $68,260
17 Corvallis, OR 100 $67,440
18 Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 330 $67,170
19 Ocean City, NJ N/A $66,750
20 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 1,120 $66,690
National 326,020 $54,780

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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