These Are The 10 States With The Highest Laboratory Technician Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do laboratory technicians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for laboratory technicians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for laboratory technicians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for laboratory technicians after this adjustment? That would be Medical And Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Illinois
  3. Ohio
  4. Iowa
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Minnesota
  7. Arizona
  8. Nevada
  9. West Virginia
  10. Kentucky

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for laboratory technicians from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $47610, so our index value would be:

$47,610 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,033

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for laboratory technicians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Laboratory Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Rhode Island $47,796 $57,690 120.7
2 Illinois $47,526 $44,960 94.6
3 Ohio $46,343 $43,470 93.8
4 Iowa $46,197 $42,040 91.0
5 Wisconsin $45,082 $43,640 96.8
6 Minnesota $45,059 $45,420 100.8
7 Arizona $45,051 $44,150 98.0
8 Nevada $44,869 $46,350 103.3
9 West Virginia $44,357 $41,430 93.4
10 Kentucky $44,243 $40,040 90.5
11 Texas $44,167 $40,060 90.7
12 Wyoming $43,257 $39,710 91.8
13 Washington $43,041 $45,280 105.2
14 Montana $42,966 $43,310 100.8
15 North Dakota $42,786 $42,530 99.4
16 Nebraska $42,620 $39,040 91.6
17 North Carolina $42,183 $39,610 93.9
18 Indiana $42,055 $37,640 89.5
19 Delaware $41,923 $42,510 101.4
20 Vermont $41,758 $50,570 121.1
21 New Jersey $41,657 $50,780 121.9
22 Tennessee $41,621 $37,210 89.4
23 Missouri $41,603 $37,610 90.4
24 Alaska $41,502 $54,410 131.1
25 Pennsylvania $41,370 $41,950 101.4
26 Mississippi $41,233 $35,420 85.9
27 Kansas $41,067 $36,920 89.9
28 New Mexico $40,694 $39,270 96.5
29 Colorado $40,385 $41,920 103.8
30 Arkansas $39,977 $34,820 87.1
31 Georgia $39,682 $36,270 91.4
32 Virginia $39,295 $39,610 100.8
33 South Carolina $39,062 $38,750 99.2
34 Michigan $39,033 $34,740 89.0
35 Alabama $38,914 $35,490 91.2
36 Maine $38,862 $43,060 110.8
37 Florida $38,738 $38,080 98.3
38 Oregon $37,923 $43,840 115.6
39 Connecticut $37,799 $48,270 127.7
40 Utah $37,591 $34,960 93.0
41 Oklahoma $37,477 $33,430 89.2
42 Idaho $37,090 $34,160 92.1
43 New York $37,000 $48,470 131.0
44 New Hampshire $36,957 $43,240 117.0
45 Louisiana $36,856 $34,940 94.8
46 California $35,033 $47,610 135.9
47 South Dakota $33,780 $35,030 103.7
48 Maryland $33,537 $42,090 125.5
49 Massachusetts $32,998 $44,020 133.4
50 Hawaii $28,231 $47,400 167.9