The factors that affect your salary are generalizations, meaning they will not necessarily apply to you in your particular job situation.  If your current employer refuses to pay a salary above a certain threshold, no matter how skilled and how efficient you are, then your only option is to find another employer if you want to make more income.  In most areas of the country, this is usually a possibility.

Job hopping for minimal improvements in your situation is not a good career strategy. The tech who moves from one job to another for a 50 cent an hour raise in pay may eventually run out of employment possibilities without moving to another metro area. Surveys show that the higher paid employees tend to be those who have the most seniority. The lesson learned is to pick a good employer early on and stick with them. Loyalty usually matters.

Factors that affect your salary:

  • Techs in metro areas make more money than techs in small towns. However, the cost of living may be greater.
  • Techs on the coasts make more money than techs who live in the middle of the country. Again, the cost of living caveat applies.
  • Areas with a shortage of personnel will pay more.
  • Certified assistants make more than non-certified assistants.
  • Advanced education and training results in higher pay.
  • Technologists make more than technicians, and technicians make more than assistants. 
  • Supervisors make more than those who are supervised.
  • The more responsibility you assume, the more you get paid.
  • The more skilled you become, the more you will be paid.
  • The more efficient you are, the more you will be paid.
  • The more experienced you are, the more you will be paid.
  • The longer you work for your employer, the more you will be paid.
  • Those who solve problems make more than those who create problems.