American Society for Clinical Pathology's 2019 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States

Edna Garcia, MPH; Iman Kundu, MPH; Karen Fong

Disclosures

Am J Clin Pathol. 2021;155(5):649-673. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Objectives: To inform the pathology and laboratory field of the most recent national wage data. Historically, the results of this biennial survey have served as a basis for additional research on laboratory recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy.

Methods: The 2019 Wage Survey was conducted through collaboration of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy in Washington, DC, and the ASCP Board of Certification in Chicago, Illinois.

Results: Compared with 2017, results show an overall increase in salaries for most laboratory occupations surveyed except cytogenetic technologists, laboratory information systems personnel, and performance improvement or quality assurance personnel. Geographically, laboratory professionals from urban areas earned more than their rural counterparts.

Conclusions: As retirement rates continue to increase, the field needs to intensify its efforts on recruiting the next generation of laboratory personnel. To do so, the report urged the field to highlight advocacy for better salaries for laboratory personnel at the local and national levels when developing recruitment and retention strategies.

Introduction

Since 1988, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has conducted its Wage Survey to inform the pathology and laboratory field of the most recent national wage data. This confidential survey has been administered every 2 years and has served as the primary source of information for academic, government, and industry labor analysts. Results from past surveys show that laboratory medicine is a rapidly evolving field. Although the ASCP recognizes the importance of continuity, each administration of the Wage Survey represents an opportunity to improve its methodology to collect the most current and relevant data while maximizing survey participation. The ASCP continues to gather questions, comments, and suggestions from its members regarding the profession, with the goal of addressing them through this important survey. The results of this survey will also serve as a starting point for further studies of the laboratory workforce by using the current data to conduct in-depth surveys for the purpose of recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy.

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