Medical Technologist Salaries in Montana
Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners, more commonly known as Medical Technologists, are hotly desired in much of the US, and more so in Montana than in perhaps any other state.
For this reason, employment opportunities are to be found almost anywhere, and a Montana medical technologist salary can differ considerably.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for a CLS in 2008 was $53,500, with the bulk of those earning higher pay working at hospitals and diagnostic laboratories. Those employed in independent physician’s offices and educational facilities may
earn a bit less.
Indeed.com, a salary aggregator, lists current salaries of CLS's employed in Montana at some of the larger cities at much higher numbers:
- Billings: $73,000
- Great Falls: $70,000
- Missoula: $63,000
The Montana State Board makes it very easy for CLS's in the state to specialize- and what specialization you have can have almost as much of an impact on your salary as what sort of facility you work at.
For example, medical technologists that specialize in cytology (format, structure, and behavior of cells in the body) will make almost five dollars an hour over what an unspecialized tech would make in Montana. Like all things, though, it comes with a tradeoff- unless you get hired in at a specialized lab, you probably won’t be able to find consistent work as a cytologist.
Because this is such an in-demand job, upon graduation, you should take a moment and really consider your goals, hopes, and options. This is the kind of career where you can really exercise a lot of control over your future- make sure you’re getting what you want out of it.