Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary in Nigeria (2022)

The Average Monthly Salary of Medical Laboratory Scientists is 746,000 NGN monthly, which sums up to 8,950,000 NGN yearly

A low-income earner in Medical Laboratory Science makes 343,000 NGN on average. For a high-income earner, it is 1,190,000 NGN

Other benefits may be added to the main salary. This will include transport, housing, and other allowances.

In as much as we have given the Medical Laboratory Scientists Salaries above, there are variations to these numbers, based on experience, gender, skills, or even location. Below you will find a detailed outline based on the different criteria.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary Distribution in Nigeria

Medical Laboratory Scientists Median and monthly salary distribution in Nigeria

The minimum salary of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria ranges from 343,000 NGN to a maximum of 1,190,000 NGN monthly.

Median Salary: The median gives the middle salary value

The median salary of Medical Laboratory Scientists is 806,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the people working as Medical Laboratory Scientist(s) earn less than 806,000 NGN while the other half earn more than 806,000 NGN.

What is the difference between the average and median salary?

If as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, you earn above the average and median salary, then you are doing well. If your salary is below both, you are a low low-incomer and may need to review your earnings. If it is between the average and median, then it’s a bit ok but not entirely.

However, the similarity is that both are indicators.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary Comparison Based On Years of Experience

This is the most important factor in determining the salary. Normally, the more years of experience you have, the higher the wage you earn.

This is the Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary based on experience level

A Medical Laboratory Scientist with less than two years of experience earns approximately 390,000 NGN monthly.

Another with an experience level between two and five years makes 520,000 NGN monthly. This is 34% more than the other who has less than two years of experience.

A Medical Laboratory Scientist with an experience level between five and ten years is estimated to earn a monthly salary of 769,000 NGN. 48% above the other person with two to five years of experience.

By the time a person crossed the “10 years experience mark”, his or her salary must have become double the starting salary.

Relatedly, a Medical Laboratory Scientist whose expertise span between ten and fifteen years is awarded a salary of 938,000 NGN monthly. 22% above the person with five to ten years of experience.

For an experience level between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected salary is 1,020,000 NGN monthly. 9% above someone with an experience level of ten to fifteen years.

Employees having more than twenty years of professional experience earns a salary of 1,110,000 NGN monthly. 8% above people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary Comparison by Educational Level

Higher education = bigger salary

But to what extent?

A Bachelor’s Degree holder in Medical Laboratory Science earns an average salary of 444,000 NGN monthly.

A Master’s Degree holder makes 697,000 NGN each month. 57% above a Bachelor’s Degree holder.

A Doctorate Degree holder (PhD) receives an average salary of 1,170,000 NGN each month. 68% above a Master’s Degree holder.

Medical Laboratory Scientists Salary Comparison Based on Gender

Civilly, gender is not supposed to be a factor that affects how much one earns. But in Nigeria, since money is involved, gender becomes a factor.

The average Male Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria earn 22% more than their female counterparts.

The Males earn 819,000 NGN, while the Females 673,000 NGN

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Average Hourly Wage of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria

The Average Hourly salary of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria is 4,300 NGN per hour.

This means that the average pay per hour of a Medical Laboratory Scientist in Nigeria is approximately 4,300 NGN for every worked hour.

How to calculate the average hourly wage of a Medical Laboratory Scientist

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( Number of weeks × Number of days × hours worked in a day)

For an annual salary of 8,944,000 NGN

A period of 52 weeks

Five working days per week

The daily duration of five working hours

Gives us

8,944,000 ÷ (52 x 5 x 8 ) = 4,300 NGN

This hourly wage is the average salary paid in one worked hour.

Jobs are classified into two categories:

  1. Salaried jobs
  2. Hourly jobs.

Salaried jobs pay a fixed wage regardless of the hours worked.

Hourly jobs pay employees per worked hour.

The hourly wage calculation may show slight differences based on the worked hours in each week and the annual leave or vacation allowances.

Remarkably, the figures used above are the approximate earnings of a Medical Laboratory Scientist who was at work throughout the year as was supposed of him or her.

These figures are considered to be the standard.

The difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is the overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are not paid for overtime duties, as opposed to hourly paid staff who are paid for every extra hour worked.

Salary Comparison Between Medical Laboratory Scientists and Science Laboratory Technicians in Nigeria

The average salary for Medical Laboratory Scientist is 64% more than that of a Science Laboratory Technician.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

When you saw this, I guess you must have thought that private employees earned more.

But guess what, that is wrong! Well at least on average.

Medical Laboratory Scientists in the Nigerian Public sector earn 6% more than their counterparts in the private sector (on average)

A Private Sector employee earns 328,000 NGN, while a Public Sector employee with a salary of +6% earns 347,000 NGN

FAQs on Medical Laboratory Science

How much is a biomedical scientist paid in Nigeria?

The starting salary of Biomedical Scientists range between 168,258 NGN to NGN 197,950 whereas the maximum salary range between NGN 1,016,500 to NGN 1,168,975

Can a medical laboratory scientist become a medical doctor in Nigeria?

Yes, a medical laboratory scientist can become a medical doctor by going through a similar educational path that other doctors follow.
This would mean returning to the Tertiary Institution to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and also fulfilling the other requirements and prerequisites for undergraduates in medical school.

Are medical laboratory scientists called doctors?

Medical lab scientists are not called doctors, but scientists.
However, if they wish to be called doctors, they are to become medical doctors by following the same education path as other aspiring doctors by first attending medical school.

What is the difference between MLS and MLT?

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) programs provide a general base knowledge of the laboratory subjects while Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) programs go in-depth into the clinical procedures and laboratory concepts.

How long does it take to become a medical laboratory scientist?

To obtain a conventional Bachelor’s degree in Medical laboratory science, you will typically spend four to five years in school.

Do medical lab scientists draw blood?

Depending on the field or department where they are confined to work, medical laboratory scientists may draw blood from patients for laboratory testing
This is a typical occurrence at blood banks, small health clinics, and labs where medical staff are to perform multiple roles within their specialty

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