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How Much Money Does a Medical Technician Make?

Medical technicians may not earn the biggest salary, but there’s room to grow.

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Median Annual Salary

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) current Occupational Employment Statistics, the median annual salary for medical and clinical laboratory technicians is $54,180. The median expected annual salary for phlebotomists is $36,480. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

Take a look at median annual salaries by state.

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

National data

Median Salary: $54,180

Bottom 10%: $31,450

Top 10%: $83,700

Projected job growth: 7.3%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $43,920 $25,600 $70,020
Alaska $63,670 $34,250 $111,530
Arizona $46,240 $29,190 $80,400
Arkansas $43,020 $26,640 $68,780
California $63,120 $36,050 $104,210
Colorado $57,570 $34,790 $86,830
Connecticut $70,140 $40,350 $99,190
Delaware $60,320 $33,130 $80,450
District of Columbia $63,340 $43,820 $97,690
Florida $53,030 $28,500 $79,920
Georgia $48,760 $28,920 $77,040
Hawaii $60,050 $40,570 $85,710
Idaho $42,980 $28,400 $79,280
Illinois $51,790 $28,980 $80,460
Indiana $46,610 $28,740 $72,860
Iowa $48,600 $31,260 $70,400
Kansas $47,570 $28,630 $76,470
Kentucky $54,820 $33,620 $78,540
Louisiana $49,290 $27,400 $76,570
Maine $56,400 $34,630 $78,160
Maryland $55,140 $33,910 $85,200
Massachusetts $56,220 $35,000 $93,540
Michigan $53,130 $29,630 $78,620
Minnesota $56,080 $39,050 $81,240
Mississippi $43,110 $26,600 $71,050
Missouri $46,900 $28,470 $77,110
Montana $57,650 $29,240 $83,600
Nebraska $53,540 $32,570 $78,860
Nevada $61,430 $34,860 $92,900
New Hampshire $66,590 $37,370 $86,440
New Jersey $64,930 $40,170 $90,040
New Mexico $47,980 $30,780 $76,800
New York $69,380 $38,720 $100,810
North Carolina $50,730 $33,170 $76,720
North Dakota $51,160 $33,220 $76,360
Ohio $53,960 $30,970 $78,380
Oklahoma $46,410 $28,590 $73,610
Oregon $67,840 $40,340 $98,860
Pennsylvania $53,980 $33,920 $77,920
Rhode Island $66,910 $44,940 $98,090
South Carolina $48,720 $28,960 $76,830
South Dakota $48,090 $28,570 $73,440
Tennessee $54,270 $30,160 $80,990
Texas $51,630 $29,650 $78,660
Utah $44,030 $28,150 $78,590
Vermont $57,390 $34,230 $82,970
Virginia $54,230 $32,540 $80,840
Washington $61,310 $36,970 $94,470
West Virginia $49,260 $28,810 $75,350
Wisconsin $55,770 $35,250 $78,560
Wyoming $55,140 $27,900 $83,630

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2029. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

What is My Earning Potential?

Medical technicians have many possibilities to boost their earning potential. For some, this job is a stepping stone to a higher-paying job as a medical and clinical lab technologist. Others will find that certain work settings may pay more than others.

Earning a certificate in a specialization can sometimes lead to higher salaries as well. The BLS states the top 10% of medical and clinical laboratory technicians earn a median annual salary of $81,530.

How Do Medical Technician Salaries Compare?

How Other Healthcare Career Salaries Stack Up

Career FieldMedian Annual Salary
Biological Technician$46,340
Medical Assistant$35,850
Phlebotomist $36,320
Health Technician$45,620
Cytotechnologist$54,180

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Occupational Employment Statistics, Biology Technicians; Medical Assistants; Phlebotomist; Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. O*Net, Cytotechnologists.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Is There Demand for This Career?

People will always get sick or injured keeping most medical careers in high demand. For medical technicians, the aging baby boomer population will continue to create job opportunities. As this demographic gets older, more illnesses will need to be diagnosed, requiring the help and expertise of medical technicians.

In addition, advancements in technology will create opportunities for newly-graduated medical technicians who are most familiar with the latest equipment.

What is the Job Growth for the Field?

The employment of medical technicians is expected to grow faster than average. The BLS predicts jobs for medical technicians will grow by 7% through 2029. Health technologists are expected to see a 8% growth rate through 2028. This growth surpasses the national average of 4% for all other careers.

Because a significant portion of the population is aging, doctors will find themselves ordering more diagnostic tests and conducting more surgeries making medical and surgical techs necessary.

How Do I Advance in My Career?

Like most professions, furthering your education can always help your chances for advancement. The more schooling you have, the more valuable you become to an employer.

With a bachelor’s degree, a medical technician has a better shot at advancing to a medical technologist job.

Earning a more lucrative role can also come from being an expert in an area of medical technology. Histotechnicians and surgical techs tend to earn more than general medical lab technicians, therefore earning the appropriate certification can help rev up your career.