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Lab Assistants


At a Glance

• 1,900 employees
• 1,200 FTEs
• 39.9 years = average age
• $58,170 per year = average compensation including benefits of a full-time lab assistant

There are 1,900 lab assistants who provide service in the BC public health sector. Laboratory Assistants collect and prepare specimens, and assist with specimen testing.

The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 1,200 full-time employees. The majority of lab assistants work in acute care facilities (79.5 per cent).

Grade II lab assistants account for 96.3 per cent of total lab assistant full-time equivalents (FTEs).

FTE and employee trend 2008-2013
FTE and employee trend

The average age of a lab assistant is 39.9 years, which is lower than what it was in 2009 (40.2 years). Approximately 16.8 per cent of lab assistants are now 55 years or older, an increase from 2009 when 15.7 per cent of lab assistants were 55 years or older.

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)


Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time lab assistant is $58,700 or $30.10 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, lab assistant’s wages have increased by 16.8 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 10.0 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2005-2013)


Compensation breakdown for a full-time lab assistant (2013)


Overtime and sick leave
Over the past five years, lab assistants have averaged between 30 and 45 minutes of overtime per week. Paid sick leave for lab assistants has fluctuated between 13 and 15 days of paid sick leave over the past five years.

Overtime and sick leave

Last Updated: 26-11-2014