Medical Laboratory Technologist & Pathologist Assistant Salary Canada

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Average Medical Laboratory Technologists’ and Pathologists’ Assistants Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists Assistants.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3211.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: medical technologist, pathologist’s assistant, immunohematology technologist and cytotechnologist.

A typical full-time annual salary is in the region of $50,000 – $60,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $40.58 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $29.60 per hour.

Employment prospects for medical laboratory technologists and pathologists’ assistants are good in Canada. The government forecasts that the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will require more technologists for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists Assistants Salary in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1)38.9740.5845.802015
Edmonton – Alberta*20.2740.5366.812015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 21.0032.0040.382014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.7532.0036.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 19.2329.6634.502014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 15.0032.0044.022014
Toronto – Ontario 21.3038.00 40.002014
Ottawa – Ontario 20.5137.4440.852014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 20.51 37.44 40.852014
London – Ontario 20.51 37.44 40.852014
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 21.7729.6032.682014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan21.3933.7139.002014


Duties in this occupation include:
›› Conducting chemical analyses of blood, urine, cerebrospinal and other body fluids
›› Preparing tissue samples for microscopic examinations
›› Matching blood for transfusions
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes medical laboratory technologists and pathologists’ assistants, is $25.65. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $966, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $50,000.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.


Registration with a regulatory body is required in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is normally required by employers.

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Cardiology Technologists
Medical Laboratory Technicians
Medical Radiation Technologists
Medical Sonographers

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