How Much Does a Histotech Make?
According to the most recent salary survey conducted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, in 2019, the average hourly wage for an HT is $28.83, while the average hourly wage for an HTL is $29.30.
Wages vary by type of institution and location however, with academic hospitals with 300-499 beds, paying the highest wage of $28.80 per hour for HTs. Academic hospitals with 100-299 beds came in lowest for HTs at $25.87. HTL data shows academic hospitals with 300-499 beds paying the highest wages at $29.28. Wages are slightly higher in larger urban areas.
What is the Job Outlook for Histotechnologists?
According to the 2018 ASCP Vacancy Survey, the total vacancy rate for histology is 8.37%. This is up from the 2016-2017 Vacancy survey, which reported a 5.6% vacancy rate. Supervisor vacancy rates are lower, at 3.82% compared to staff (8.95%). Supervisors reported a higher retirement rate than staff however, at 18.24% compared to staff (11.06%). For the laboratory workforce as a whole, vacancy levels have increased for all department surveyed. Retirement rates meanwhile, overall, are at their lowest.
In histology, 42.07% of respondents indicated that certification was required for hire. 59.12% of staff and 76% of supervisors in the histology department are certified.