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 $55,000 – $75,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $39.36 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $27.00 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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 38.62 39.36 42.06 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 38.73 39.36 42.06 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 16.83 32.05 39.50 2016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.62 33.50 38.00 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 19.23 29.26 33.00 2015
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 22.00 32.00 35.00 2016
Toronto – Ontario 24.00 35.00 42.00 2016
Ottawa – Ontario 24.00 35.00 42.00 2016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 24.00 35.00 42.00 2016
London – Ontario 24.00 35.00 42.00 2016
Prince Edward Island 23.00 32.50 38.75 2016
Montreal – Quebec 21.00 27.00 35.00 2016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 28.8 34.06 40.00 2015


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
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The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes medical laboratory technologists and pathologists’ assistants, is $28.23. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1005, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $52,000.


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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