Re: salary survey-industry

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Date:Thu, 24 Jun 1999 05:59:04 -0400
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I'm not aware of a salary survey for industry and/or research.

The ASCP Board of Registry (BOR) survey was conducted by sending
out 2500 surveys randomly to med. lab. managers who are on the
BOR lists (in other words, they have passed an ASCP exam, have
renewed their ASCP membership, and have listed themselves as
managers). So ASCP had a ready made mailing list from which
to pull a large random group.

Due to the make up of this managers list, the majority of 
surveys seem to have gone to hospitals of all sizes, 
plus a category marked "private C/L" which is some 
reference labs, private groups and private doctors' 
practices. There is a 3rd category groups marked "private 
group", that I think MAYBE research MIGHT be listed in this 
category, but I really don't know. However, if you look
at the "private group" in HT, HTL and histology supervisor,
ASCP BOR received fewer than 6 responses in each, so could
not report out the results (too few responses statistically.)

Personally, I think it would be very hard to do a comparison
of industry/research histology jobs. Someone is making/testing
immuno reagents for a vendor, someone else is working with 
a variety of animal tissue in a pharmaceutical company, 
someone else is working with zebra fish in a university, 
someone else is working with hard tissue and metal implants 
on a grant, someone else is doing frozen sections on only 
rat tissue at a genetics firm, someone else to working with
tissues from birds and exotic animals from zoos. Just 
comparing immuno to hard tissue is apple and orange, let 
alone comparing the financial situation of a pharmaceutical 
company to someone on a grant.

And then who is going to pay for the survey - creating,
getting together a list of all research labs, mailing, 
doing statistics on returns, publishing? What one group
would benefit from laying out all this expense?

The ASCP BOR does this for hospitals and private labs
because ASCP BOR has a lot of members in these areas.
And the jobs are (supposedly) more homogeneous. So
there are enough returns to statistically validate the
survey/study, and enough members in homogenous jobs
to publish the results in one magazine. 

And yes, I do know that there are techs in research
who are ASCP members. And I would encourage more
research techs to become ASCP members. Maybe, when
there are enough research techs in ASCP, then there
could be a separate category that has enough members
to have statistically valid survey results.

However, it's not just research/industry who would like
a separate survey for their own. I had two requests 
last week for wage results for MOHS surgery histotechs, 
which no one has separated out either, that I'm aware of.
Again, too specific and too few.

Sorry. Hope someone else knows of a survey to help you.

Maybe the histonetters would send to you personally
their wage range along with a brief description of
their job, and you could informally compile the results 
for this group. Would you be interested in this? Or
someone else?

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI wrote:
> Has there been a salary survey done for the industry and/or research area of
> histology? If so, would someone let me know where I can find it.
> Thanks!
> Lori

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