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ASCP 2012 Wage and Salary Survey

Published April 8, 2012 3:14 PM by Glen McDaniel

It is that time again-the ASCP is conducting its biennual salary survey. I urge you to complete the survey,

Surveys such as this one -and the periodic surveys conducted by ADVANCE magazine- give an overview of the state of the profession. The information provided can be used as a bargaining tool with employers and Human Resources departments.

How many time have you heard an administrator or HR person say "I'd be willing to look at laboratory salaries but we don't have any clear comparative data."  Well, you can always point to the result of surveys like this one.

Local market surveys are usually very general (all healthcare professions), anecdotal (rumor has it),  very limited in volume (call around to local laboratories) or historical (2 percent above last year). Surprisingly these are the methods used by the majority of employers to calculate or justify salaries.

In an era of severe employee shortages a well-done, valid survey is a good bargaining tool to use to negotiate a salary increase.  Add your voice, complete the survey today.


I have often provided our HR department with data from this salary survey and they dismiss it by saying that they don't know if this data is based off of actual hourly wages vs. pay and benefits combined. I think it would be great if this survey data could clearly state the wages vs. pay and benefits totals.

Linda May 1, 2012 9:00 AM

I agree that managers usually will try any excuse not to give  a raise. I find they compare us to Xray techs or even LPNs sometimes with no regard for the difference in education and responsibility. I have been asked to produce proof of why MTs should get a raise but it is hard to find data. Sometimes you read about the shortage of MTs or about average national salary or average starting salary. So I think a survey by state or city would be nice. I see from the link in your article that this survey is not new but this is the first I am hearing about it. I cant wait to see what teh figures turn out to be.

Josiah Taylor April 13, 2012 4:27 PM
Tuscon AZ

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