Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
146,160 1.8 % $14.88 $30,940 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.42 $11.51 $14.24 $17.47 $21.41
Annual Wage (2) $19,590 $23,940 $29,610 $36,330 $44,530

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 62,880 $15.33 $31,890 1 10
Offices of physicians 24,150 $14.06 $29,250 2 21
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 18,900 $14.43 $30,010 3 18
Colleges and universities 7,230 $15.90 $33,060 4 6
Other ambulatory health care services 6,500 $13.71 $28,520 5 24

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Insurance carriers 150 $18.29 $38,050 25 1
Junior colleges 1,300 $17.51 $36,420 15 2
Architectural and engineering services 1,600 $17.00 $35,360 12 3
Management and technical consulting services (6) $16.40 $34,110 (6) 4
Federal government (OES designation) 2,280 $16.24 $33,770 8 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arizona 4,530 $13.70 $28,490 0.200% 408
Missouri 4,850 $13.21 $27,470 0.185% 461
Tennessee 4,720 $12.82 $26,660 0.181% 472
Pennsylvania 9,400 $15.52 $32,280 0.170% 416
Massachusetts 5,370 $16.86 $35,070 0.169% 422

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Rhode Island 370 $19.88 $41,350 0.078% 222
Connecticut 1,290 $19.63 $40,840 0.079% 311
Alaska 200 $19.58 $40,720 0.068% 251
New Jersey 3,750 $17.80 $37,030 0.097% 396
New York 8,830 $17.65 $36,710 0.107% 408

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 150 $14.75 $30,680 0.448%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 240 $17.78 $36,980 0.364%
Joplin, MO MSA 190 $13.84 $28,780 0.258%
Gadsden, AL MSA 90 $12.18 $25,330 0.256%
Killeen-Temple, TX MSA 250 $14.38 $29,920 0.248%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Reading, PA MSA 120 $31.44 $65,390 0.076%
Salinas, CA MSA 130 $22.49 $46,770 0.084%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 110 $21.59 $44,910 0.076%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 200 $21.34 $44,380 0.108%
Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 140 $19.95 $41,500 0.104%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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