A new look at lab salaries.
A new look at lab salaries
Though the shortage of medical technologists This article or section may deal primarily with the U.S. and may not present a worldwide view. and medical laboratory technicians persists, wages paid to laboratory personnel haven't kept pace with nursing salaries.
This was one of the findings of a recent salary survey reported in Modern Healthcare. (1) Since statistics about lab salaries are hard to come by, we thought we'd share with you the results of this study and related comments.
Starting salaries for medical technologists ranged from $22,380 to $27,892 a year, according to according to
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3. the survey, which was conducted in 1989 by Mercer Meidinger Hansen, a Philadelphia-based benefits consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
business firm, firm, house - the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a . Starting salaries for medical laboratory technicians ranged from $18,324 to $24,627 a year.
By contrast, starting salaries for registered nurses ranged from $22,416 to $32,160, according to American Nurses' Association figures.
Wages paid to MTs and MLTs also varied by location (see Table I). Of the 18 cities surveyed by Mercer Meidinger Hansen, the lowest average technologist wage was $10.79 per hour in Tampa, Fla., while the highest paid was $16.58 per hour in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . For technicians, the lowest wage was $8.81 per hour in Tampa, compared with $11.84 per hour in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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Table : Table 1 Hourly pay
rates for MTs and MLTs City MTs MLTs Atlanta $12.38 $10.08 Baltimore 12.10 10.23 Boston 13.48 11.44 Chicago 12.46 9.65 Dallas 11.49 9.82 Detroit 12.61 9.91 Houston 12.35 10.64 Los Angeles 16.58 9.72 Miami 12.19 9.27 New Orleans 12.35 9.52 New York City 13.36 11.84 Philadelphia 12.79 10.64 Phoenix 12.34 9.23 San Francisco 16.44 N/A Seattle 12.80 11.01 Tampa 10.79 8.81 St. Louis 12.56 10.00 Washington, D.C. 12.27 10.27
While the personnel shortage persists in the clinical laboratory, the American Hospital Association American Hospital Association (AHA),
n.pr a nonprofit national organization of individuals, institutions, and organizations engaged in direct patient care. The association works to promote the improvement of health care services. believes that vacancies in lab positions are less severe than they are in other allied health positions, particularly physical therapy and occupational therapy.
The AHA says the job vacancy rate in 1988 was 5.8 per cent for technologists and 5.2 per cent for technicians, compared with 7.6 per cent for registered nurses and and 6.3 per cent for licensed practical nurses li·censed practical nurse
Abbr. LPN A nurse who has completed a practical nursing program and is licensed by a state to provide routine patient care under the direction of a registered nurse or a physician. . The comparable vacancy rate for physical therapists was 15.8 per cent and for occupational therapists occupational therapist A person trained to help people manage daily activities of living–dressing, cooking, etc, and other activities that promote recovery and regaining vocational skills Salary $51K + 4% bonus. See ADL. , 14.6 per cent, according to the AHA.
Though shortages may not be as severe in the laboratory, turnover is very high, the AHA asserts.
In an AHA survey last year of 3,001 hospitals, medical technologist was cited as the second most difficult position to keep filled. Some 625 hospitals reported turnover problems with MTs, compared with 667 hospitals for radiologic technologists, the position reported as the most difficult to retain.
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in subjects of lab salaries and the personnel shortage are so crucial today, MLO MLO Mycoplasma-like organism(s) is devoting its next two national surveys to them. The first, now in the field, is Lab Staffing in the Shortage Era. Our report on this study will appear in our August issue. The other, our biennial survey of laboratory salaries, will follow shortly after.
(1.) Perry, L. Lab worker shortage getting more attention. Mod. Healthcare 19(45): 36, Nov. 10, 1989.