Travel medical laboratory salary

Midge Lee
September 3, 2023
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Choosing a career as a travel medical lab professional is an excellent path for those looking to maximize their pay and make progress in their financial and professional goals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment for laboratory workers is projected to grow by 7% within the next few years. The BLS also explains that the demand for lab professionals will increase due to the growing population of older adults that require diagnosis for chronic conditions which require lab services. 

If you’re a lab professional looking for a quick way to increase your salary, the easiest way to accomplish this is to become a traveler. At Nomad, travel medical lab professional jobs are among the most popular of our allied health travel professions. As the demand for lab professionals continues to soar, traveling lab workers will have more opportunities than ever to increase their pay by way of obtaining certifications, specializations, and more.

No matter where you are in your career journey, we’ve got resources like this medical lab traveler salary guide to help you understand everything from current benchmarks of travel salary to an overview of the factors that can influence pay. If you’re trying to negotiate pay for a travel laboratory contract, or simply looking to learn more, Nomad Health is here to help.

Average travel medical laboratory salary

The average salary or total compensation for a travel medical lab professional at Nomad Health is $2,088 per week including stipend. Compared to staff laboratory professionals who earn an average pay of around $1,500 per week, becoming a lab traveler is an excellent way to increase salary, especially for those with specialized lab certifications.

Travel medical lab salary range

Salary ranges for travel medical laboratory professionals can change frequently based on compensable factors like location, certifications, and specializations, and more. At Nomad Health, the average salary range or average compensation range for travel medical laboratory professionals is $1,400-$2,880 per week including stipend.

Travel medical laboratory pay rate

Travel medical laboratory professionals at Nomad Health earn an average hourly pay rate of $54 per hour. On the high end, medical lab travelers can earn as much as $72 per hour.

What is the highest salary for a travel medical lab professional?

The highest salary or total compensation reported for travel medical laboratory professionals at Nomad Health is $2,880 per week. Keep in mind that travel medical laboratory professionals salaries can always increase or decrease depending on factors like the ones mentioned above.

Factors that influence travel medical lab salary

Travel medical lab professional pay is influenced by a number of compensable factors, which include but are not limited to:

Travel medical lab experience

Facilities are always looking for highly skilled medical laboratory professionals with experience under their belt who can come in and hit the ground running. The more relevant experience you have as a travel medical laboratory professional, the more willing a facility is to pay you a higher salary for your skills.

Travel medical lab education

Higher levels of education like an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or other related fields is required and may help increase travel medical lab salary.

Lab specialization

Travel medical laboratory professionals who pursue specific specializations like molecular biology or microbiology are considered to be more marketable to facilities. Travel medical laboratory professionals with specialized experience can negotiate a higher pay rate compared to laboratory professionals without specialization experience.

Medical lab certifications

As a travel medical laboratory professional, earning professional certifications like the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) can help open the doors to a higher salary, and give you more salary negotiation power with travel contracts.

Facility demand

When facilities experience medical laboratory professionals shortages, they often rely on travel medical laboratory professionals to fill those gaps. Depending on the severity of the shortage, travel laboratory professionals may be able to negotiate a higher pay with the facility.


The cost of living in each city and state will directly influence how much pay facilities can offer travel medical laboratory professionals. For example, a travel medical laboratory professional assignment in a rural area is likely to pay less than a travel assignment in a big city where the cost of living is higher.

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Midge Lee
Midge is a registered nurse with eight years of clinical experience in ER, ICU, and home health. After travel nursing for a couple of years, she transitioned from the bedside to writing full-time. She’s passionate about diversity and trauma-informed care and will write hospital haikus if you ask nicely. Currently, she’s an SEO content writer at Nomad Health.
Published: Sep. 6, 2023
Modified: Sep. 3, 2023