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Medical Technologists

At A Glance

• 2,500 employees
• 1,900 FTEs
• 45.6 years = average age
• $88,800 per year = average compensation including benefits of a full-time MT

There are 2,500 medical technologists in BC who conduct tests, experiments and analysis in publicly funded medical laboratories across the province. The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 1,900 full-time employees. Most medical technologists work in acute care settings (78.9 per cent).

Grade I medical technologists who work under the general supervision of another medical technologist, account for 50.9 percent of total full-time equivalents (FTEs).

FTE trend (2008-2013)*

FTE trend

The average age of a medical technologist is 45.6 years, which is the same as it was in 2009. Approximately 25 per cent of medical technologists are now 55 years or older, an increase from 2009 when 20.8 per cent of medical technologists were 55 years or older.

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)


Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time medical technologist is $88,800 or $47.28 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, medical technologist wages have increased by 10.2 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)

Medical technologists – Wages

Compensation breakdown for a full-time medical technologist (2013)


Overtime and sick leave
Over the past five years, medical technologists have received between one-half hour and one hour of overtime per week. Paid sick leave per FTE has decreased slightly since 2009.

Overtime and sick leave

Last updated: 26-11-2014