Re: results histotechs and grossing in

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From:Tim Morken <>
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Kathy wrote:
" Another common thread was that everyone felt that they were not adquately 
compensated for these grossing duties."

I've noticed that, for some reason, histotechs are quite willing to do any 
sort of work a pathologist dumps on them without a peep of protest (to the 
pathologist at least). If you agree to do extra work for the same pay don't 
be surprised when even more work comes your way! It seems to me that 
histotechs are in short enough supply these days that getting extra pay 
should be a given.

This is the sort of thing that should be taken up with the personnel office. 
Get documentation about the "normal" duties of a HT and HTL and then show 
what is actually being done. With some work there should be a way to get 
extra compensation for the work done beyond the job description. I know it 
is not easy but you all know that a lab manager and the hospital 
administration are quite happy to have you do work that they don't have to 
pay for! Anyone belong to a union? Seems they would jump on this issue.

In the same vein, I remember being approached to become supervisor of a 
histology lab and they (managers) were really happy that they felt they 
could dump that on me with no extra pay because as an EM tech I was making 
so much more than a histotech! I politely declined unless a large pay raise 
was forthcoming, after all, I was already doing my job at the pay I 
contracted for. More work? More pay please!

Tim Morken

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From: hkcormier <>
Subject: results histotechs and grossing in
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 20:32:49 -0400

Hello all,

Here are the results of the mini survey that I have conducted. First a
big Thanks! for the folks  who answered! I received 9 replies. Replies
were from the West coast (2), East coast (2 plus myself), Midwest (1)
and 4 unknown's. Techs grossed in everything from only biopsies, to
biopsies and non complex smalls ( tonsils, prostate chips ) to biopsies
and smalls and non complex larges ( gallbladders ) to everything (
mastectomies, colons for CA, radical necks.). And one group does
necropsis on large and small animals. The common thread was that this
was " in addition " to regular histotech duties. People regulary rotated
through the gross bench, some subbed in, some grossed in every day, it
was equally divided. Now for the nitty gritty: salary ranges: The ranges
were at a lowest going rate of roughly $12 an hour /$25,000 year to a
high of roughly $19 an hour /$ 40,000 year. The East coast made a bit
more than the West coast, (see the most recent salary survey in lab
medicine). Keep in mind that some tech's had no bureacratic duties,
others had alot. Another common thread was that everyone felt that they
were not adquately compensated for these grossing duties.  So there it
is!! Any questions email me at

Thanks!  Kathy

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