[Histonet] salary for lab assistants

Rene J Buesa rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com
Sun Jun 25 08:37:57 CDT 2006

  For your description your assistant works as a histotech although she may or may not have "academic qualifications".
  You have to consider also that initially histotechs were trained "on the job" and later on were "grandfathered" at licensure time (perhaps this is one of the reasons why historically histotechs are in lower echelon of clinical lab salary scale, but that is another subject to talk about!).
  I do not think that you should ask about lab aides paymen rates when your aide is performing tasks above those of that job position.
  As a lab supervisor/manager it should be part of your mission that of assuring that the employees you supervise are treated fairly.
  Having said all that I think that you should get for her a salary that reflects her tasks, not those usually corresponding for a job level.
  It is my opinion that she shoudl be paid, at least, at the histotech entry level.
  Hope this will help you!
  René J.

Pam Mara <pamm <@t> hlclab.com> wrote:
  I have a question. We have a lab assistant here who does the "cassetting" of
tissue specimens. She isn't a PA and she doesn't really gross in any large
specimens. We mainly have GI specimens and biopsies, which she
weighs/measures and puts into cassettes. She also helps with staining,
coverslipping, etc.
I was just wondering what is a reasonable salary for someone who performs
these tasks? Does anyone else work with a lab assistant that performs
similar tasks? 

Thanks for the info, 
Pam Mara

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