Clinical pathology laboratory technician - Salary and Career
Health lab and blood bank technicians

Clinical pathology laboratory technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They analyze biological material from patients and donors, receiving and preparing samples according to specific protocols. Operate, check and calibrate analytical and support equipment. Technicians in clinical pathology and hemotherapy can perform collection of biological material. They work according to technical standards and procedures of good practices, quality and biosafety. They mobilize oral and written communication skills to make records, dialogue with the work team and guide patients and donors.

How much does an Clinical pathology laboratory technician earn

A Clinical pathology laboratory technician earns between $1.204 and $3.858 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.832 and a median salary of $1.582 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 21.614 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Clinical pathology laboratory technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.832 21.990 458 9
1º Quartile 1.204 14.449 301 6
Median Salary 1.582 18.984 396 8
3º Quartile 2.942 35.304 735 15
Higher Salary 3.858 46.291 964 19


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • health lab and blood bank technicians

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Main workplaces

Health lab and blood bank technicians they work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, blood banks and public health services. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, who work in closed environments, and some, on a rotating shift basis. As a rule, they work individually under the supervision of higher-level professionals, such as biochemists, biomedical doctors, doctors, etc. In some of the activities carried out, they are exposed to toxic material, radiation and biological risk.


What does it take to work in the field of Health lab and blood bank technicians

For the exercise of the occupations of this occupational family, a professional technical course is required offered by professional training institutions and technical schools. The full performance of the activities requires experience of less than one year.


Functions and activities of Clinical pathology laboratory technician

Health lab and blood bank technicians must:

  • operate analytical and support equipment;
  • work with safety and quality;
  • receive biological material;
  • collect biological material;
  • analyze biological material;
  • working with safety and quality;
  • prepare biological material sample;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • communicate;
  • work with safety and quality;

  • Activities

    • record the collection action;
    • aliquot samples and/or blood bags;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • prepare solutions and reagents;
    • wash red blood cells;
    • distribute material to each sector;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • package sample for transport;
    • test antimicrobial sensitivity;
    • ask for guidance from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • perform immunohematological tests;
    • submit periodic health checks;
    • store biological material;
    • monitor internal quality of cytological smear;
    • perform pre-transfusion tests;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • scrape mucous membranes, nails and skin;
    • package material for disposal;
    • place preservatives in samples;
    • administer glucose solution to the patient;
    • demonstrate olfactory ability;
    • dilute biological material;
    • inactivate biological material;
    • confront biological material with the order;
    • dose volumetry of reagents and solutions for exams;
    • discard chemical and biological waste;
    • work as a team;
    • perform asepsis in the collection region;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe) and collective (epc);
    • sterilize instruments;
    • observe patient/donor reaction;
    • submit periodic health examinations;
    • train auxiliary staff;
    • make slides (smear);
    • request authorization from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • request new collection;
    • apply complementary biosafety standards;
    • sieve biological material;
    • compare the exam result with previous results;
    • check patient/donor preparation;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • advise patient/donor on material collection procedures;
    • spin samples;
    • check exam order;
    • provide container to patient;
    • adjust equipment;
    • perform internal quality control;
    • record exam procedures;
    • dialogue with the donor;
    • reject non-compliant biological material;
    • subject samples to heat sources;
    • control equipment temperature;
    • care for patient/donor;
    • check equipment operation and suitability;
    • supervise the activities of auxiliary staff;
    • disinfect instruments and equipment;
    • stain slides;
    • identify microorganisms;
    • wash blood bag;
    • control stock, validity and batch of inputs;
    • isolate microorganisms;
    • provide statistical data;
    • amplify nucleic acid;
    • search for biochemical or genetic or hormonal or cytological material from the sample;
    • sample pipette;
    • program equipment;
    • prepare glucose (dextrose) solution;
    • demonstrate commitment;
    • sequence samples;
    • manage time;
    • compare results with normality parameters;
    • analyze exam results;
    • transcribe observed results;
    • perform donor pre-screening;
    • take vaccinations;
    • demonstrate ability to discriminate colors;
    • forward exams to the person in charge;
    • compare the test result with the patient's clinical data;
    • track neoplastic cells;
    • supervise auxiliary staff activities;
    • select sample preparation technique;
    • serve patient/donor;
    • filter blood bag;
    • deproteinize samples;
    • applying complementary biosafety standards;
    • perform blood transfusion;
    • clean equipment and bench;
    • write down the medication the patient/donor is taking;
    • separate biological materials from the sample;
    • perform microscopic analysis;
    • check the conditions of the biological material;
    • identify the biological material of the patient/donor;
    • irradiate blood components;
    • perform macroscopic analysis;
    • process blood components;
    • prepare patient/donor for collection or donation;
    • request preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment;
    • quantify microorganisms or antibodies or substances through dosages;
    • introduce samples into the equipment;
    • puncture veins;
    • homogenize samples;
    • demonstrate logical reasoning ability;
    • participate in the development and implementation of new exam techniques;


    Sectors that hire Clinical pathology laboratory technician the most in the job market

    • clinical laboratories
    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • pathological and cytological anatomy laboratories
    • temporary labor lease
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • hemotherapy services
    • health management support activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations




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