Medical lab assistants are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the growth in this job sector at around 7% through 2029, which is faster than average for all other jobs in the country. Some clinical lab tech positions require a bachelor's degree while others may be accessible with associate degrees. Professionals who are interested in travel lab assistant jobs can work with Club Staffing recruiters to understand which assignments are available to them so they can make a decision about the next step in their career.
If you do opt to go the traveling lab assist route, you'll get some great benefits. On top of a competitive lab assistant salary, allied travelers also get the perk of being able to explore areas of the country they might not otherwise have access to. If you've always wanted to live in the mountains or on the coast, for example, here's your opportunity. Whether you're interested in big-city vibes, rural hospitality, or outdoor adventures, there's a traveling lab assistant assignment that can make it happen.
How Much Can Medical Laboratory Assistants Earn?
Average medical lab assistant salary numbers vary, and it depends on what type of lab or setting you're working in, what your experience is, and what state or city you're in, among other factors. To get an idea of the range of pay, consider these numbers. PayScale.com says an average laboratory assistant's hourly pay is around $15.62 across the country. And Salary.com puts the average at $48,243 for a Level I lab tech.
Pay is also different for travel lab techs — and often you can earn a bit more in a travel position. Travel lab techs with Club Staffing can earn up to $1,400 for weekly pay, and that's not including benefits. Club Staffing offers benefits that include:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage
- 401(k) plans and life insurance
- Housing stipends or options for free housing during assignments
- Other types of coverage, including accident and critical illness insurance.
In What Settings do Laboratory Assistants Work?
As a travel lab assistant, you can find jobs in a variety of settings. First, there are obviously medical and diagnostic labs. But hospitals, research organizations, and academic organizations also often have their own labs, as do public health agencies, outpatient treatment, and surgery centers, and even some clinics and urgent care.
Disclaimer: Job wages are based on average rates and may be impacted by facility budgets and seasonality and may include a combination of taxable and non-taxable earnings and reimbursements.
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