Salary Surveys

Research Overview

Since 1988, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has conducted informative wage surveys every 2 years. These surveys collect relevant data for the purpose of recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy. 


ASCP Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States

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 relevant data while maximizing survey participation. The ASCP continues to gather questions, comments, and suggestions from our 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 collected to conduct in-depth surveys for the purpose of recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy.




ASCP Vacancy Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories

Since 1988, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has conducted its Wage and Vacancy Survey to provide the most recent wage data and determine the extent and distribution of shortages within the nation’s clinical laboratory workforce. This confidential survey has been administered every two years and has served as the primary source of information for academic, government, and industry labor analysts.

While continuity remains a central objective in monitoring trends, the survey has evolved in response to changes within the profession. New questions have been added to the 2011 survey to examine some of the factors affecting wage and vacancy rates. This year, the ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey has been administered as two separate surveys. Last month, the results of the Wage survey were published in LabMedicine. Review the Article & Result