Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
156,480 1.3 % $18.36 $38,190 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.64 $13.92 $17.44 $21.97 $26.94
Annual Wage (2) $24,210 $28,950 $36,280 $45,690 $56,040


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 68,940 1.34 $18.71 $38,920
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 26,100 11.42 $17.42 $36,240
Offices of Physicians 20,770 0.90 $18.06 $37,570
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 8,260 3.28 $16.87 $35,100
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 7,750 0.27 $19.26 $40,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 26,100 11.42 $17.42 $36,240
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 8,260 3.28 $16.87 $35,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 68,940 1.34 $18.71 $38,920
Outpatient Care Centers 6,520 1.10 $18.15 $37,740
Offices of Physicians 20,770 0.90 $18.06 $37,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $25.70 $53,460
Junior Colleges 360 0.05 $24.43 $50,810
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 120 0.04 $23.49 $48,850
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 280 0.12 $21.15 $43,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,430 0.17 $20.01 $41,620


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 15,750 1.13 0.91 $20.33 $42,290
Texas 12,840 1.27 1.03 $16.56 $34,450
Pennsylvania 9,050 1.65 1.34 $19.79 $41,160
Georgia 8,870 2.37 1.92 $15.99 $33,250
New York 8,240 0.99 0.80 $20.79 $43,230




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 8,870 2.37 1.92 $15.99 $33,250
Tennessee 5,620 2.19 1.78 $16.58 $34,480
Massachusetts 6,410 2.06 1.67 $18.92 $39,360
West Virginia 1,170 1.70 1.38 $17.23 $35,830
Pennsylvania 9,050 1.65 1.34 $19.79 $41,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 440 0.98 0.80 $28.61 $59,510
District of Columbia 670 1.05 0.85 $23.22 $48,290
Connecticut 1,820 1.14 0.93 $21.96 $45,680
Delaware 300 0.76 0.62 $21.78 $45,300
Alaska 430 1.39 1.13 $21.40 $44,520

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,430 1.42 1.16 $18.66 $38,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,120 2.33 1.89 $17.10 $35,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,350 0.87 0.71 $22.06 $45,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,220 2.34 1.90 $21.65 $45,020
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,150 2.50 2.03 $19.22 $39,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,240 1.30 1.05 $16.72 $34,780
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,120 0.88 0.72 $20.42 $42,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,570 1.29 1.04 $17.27 $35,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,450 1.46 1.18 $19.38 $40,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.89 0.72 $20.34 $42,310




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Burlington, NC 310 5.77 4.69 $18.57 $38,630
Jackson, TN 280 4.94 4.02 $12.20 $25,380
Gainesville, GA 300 4.37 3.55 $15.32 $31,870
Cheyenne, WY 170 4.06 3.30 (8) (8)
Lima, OH 200 4.02 3.27 $14.70 $30,570
Athens-Clarke County, GA 300 3.94 3.20 $13.19 $27,440
Morgantown, WV 220 3.82 3.10 $18.68 $38,860
Columbia, MO 300 3.71 3.01 $14.52 $30,210
Johnson City, TN 270 3.58 2.91 $17.54 $36,470
Portsmouth, NH-ME 190 3.54 2.88 $13.31 $27,690




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 110 0.93 0.76 $26.63 $55,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.87 0.71 $25.64 $53,330
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 640 1.20 0.97 $24.54 $51,050
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 70 0.54 0.44 $24.53 $51,010
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 440 1.09 0.88 $24.45 $50,850
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 70 0.52 0.42 $24.16 $50,250
Barnstable Town, MA 100 1.06 0.86 $24.08 $50,080
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 570 1.04 0.85 $23.98 $49,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,050 1.23 1.00 $23.88 $49,660
Bangor, ME 170 2.72 2.21 $23.71 $49,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 560 2.09 1.70 $18.08 $37,610
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 450 1.20 0.98 $16.67 $34,680
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 410 2.29 1.86 $12.37 $25,740
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 330 2.96 2.40 $16.94 $35,240
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 320 1.83 1.49 $18.61 $38,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 330 2.96 2.40 $16.94 $35,240
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 2.51 2.04 $14.01 $29,140
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 410 2.29 1.86 $12.37 $25,740
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.20 1.79 $13.10 $27,250
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 260 2.11 1.71 $17.81 $37,050

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 0.78 $23.41 $48,700
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.67 1.36 $23.07 $47,980
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.84 0.68 $22.91 $47,650
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.75 0.61 $22.28 $46,340
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 0.67 $21.80 $45,330


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011