Phlebotomist Salary

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Phlebotomists are medical professionals who specialize in drawing blood. Their job entails making precise incisions in patients’ veins and drawing small amounts of blood for research or medical analysis. The phlebotomist prepares the patient, performs the procedure, and records the results. He’s responsible for collecting the necessary implements and properly disposing of them afterward. Most phlebotomists work in hospitals, laboratories and private clinics or doctors’ offices.

The Skinny on Salaries

As phlebotomists are laboratory technicians, they aren’t among the top earners in the medical field. They do make a comfortable salary though – as do other medical and clinical laboratory technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the upper 10 percent earned more than $56,000 annually, while the average phlebotomist earns around $36,000 per year.

Determining Factors

In general, the more experience you have in phlebotomy, the higher your salary is likely to be. A phlebotomist will typically start out making around $11 to $12 an hour, but that number can reach anywhere between $15 and $30 with ten years of experience or more. Since training isn’t nearly as intensive as in other medical fields, experience really is king as far as salaries are concerned.

Along the same lines, however, the more training you’ve received, the higher your starting salary is likely to be. Many settle for a simple certificate program; however, those who choose a more extensive bachelor’s degree program are often more highly valued – and thus, more highly compensated. A phlebotomist who has received a more extensive education will usually have more extensive or advanced skills, including basic life support, human physiology and anatomy, and further techniques that can be used in their line of work.

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In addition, your academic record and school performance can actually hold some sway with employers in determining your initial salary. This is particularly important for those just out of school with little real world experience. An aspiring phlebotomist with a record of outstanding academic performance is bound to receive greater compensation than the average student.

Finally, it’s worth considering that while not all states require licensing, many employers prefer to hire fully licensed phlebotomists. Even if you are able to find employment without a license, you may not make as much as you could with the proper credentials.



Industry Breakdown

Where a phlebotomist chooses to work will often have some impact his salary. Most phlebotomists are employed in the industries listed below – either in medical facilities or in ambulatory or outpatient care. Of these primary industries, hospitals typically pay the best, averaging out at around $19.11 per hour, or $39,750 annually. The differences overall are pretty marginal, however, and average salaries stay within a fairly tight range.

INDUSTRY

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

$17.73

$36,870

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

$19.11

$39,750

Offices of Physicians

$18.55

$38,580

Other Ambulatory Health Care Services

$17.73

$36,870

Outpatient Care Centers

$18.37

$38,210

There are a few industries that do pay significantly higher salaries than those listed above. While phlebotomists are primarily employed by hospitals, labs and doctors’ offices, a few do find employment in education and sales – and these industries typically pay much better. Phlebotomists who go into teaching will make (on average) $21 per hour, while those who go into sales for pharmaceutical companies or wholesalers may receive a similar pay rate.

Geographic Breakdown

As in nearly all cases, geographic location plays quite significantly into the phlebotomist’s salary. While this difference from one state to the next (and one metropolitan or rural area to the next) does generally reflect the overall cost of living in that area, this is still a factor to consider when making your decision. As you can see, salaries do vary quite noticeably, ranging from an annual high of $59,910 in Rhode Island to the national low end of $30,330 in Utah.

In addition, you can expect to see a noticeable difference between salaries in heavily populated metropolitan areas and those in rural areas. This is obviously due to the economics of supply and demand, though once again, this variance will likely match up pretty closely to the overall cost of living in each area.

STATE

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Alabama

$16.22

$33,750

Alaska

$25.84

$53,740

Arizona

$19.78

$41,140

Arkansas

$16.16

$33,620

California

$20.85

$43,370

Colorado

$19.72

$41,010

Connecticut

$22.52

$46,840

Delaware

$19.59

$40,740

District of Colombia

$22.57

$46,950

Florida

$18.21

$37,880

Georgia

$16.24

$33,790

Hawaii

$20.39

$42,410

Idaho

$16.28

$33,870

Illinois

$19.12

$39,760

Indiana

$17.23

$35,840

Iowa

$18.86

$39,240

Kansas

$16.54

$34,410

Kentucky

$18.43

$38,340

Louisiana

$17.21

$35,790

Maine

$20.04

$41,690

Maryland

$21.33

$44,360

Massachusetts

$19.40

$40,350

Michigan

$16.59

$34,500

Minnesota

$20.91

$43,480

Mississippi

$16.56

$34,440

Missouri

$16.98

$35,310

Montana

$20.67

$42,980

Nebraska

$16.06

$33,410

Nevada

$19.18

$39,890

New Hampshire

$18.55

$38,590

New Jersey

$21.61

$44,960

New Mexico

$17.58

$36,560

New York

$21.45

$44,620

North Carolina

$17.91

$37,260

North Dakota

$18.20

$37,860

Ohio

$18.71

$38,920

Oklahoma

$17.38

$36,150

Oregon

$22.66

$47,140

Pennsylvania

$20.34

$42,300

Rhode Island

$28.80

$59,910

South Carolina

$17.46

$36,310

South Dakota

$16.58

$34,490

Tennessee

$17.05

$35,460

Texas

$16.58

$34,490

Utah

$14.58

$30,330

Vermont

$20.52

$42,690

Virginia

$18.28

$38,020

Washington

$19.37

$40,280

West Virginia

$17.34

$36,070

Wisconsin

$19.76

$41,100

Wyoming

$16.02

$33,320

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