How Much Do Phlebotomists Make?

phlebotomist job descriptionPhlebotomists take blood from patients, to be used for research, tests, donations, or transfusions. They provide care and attention to the patient, and help those who find it difficult to give blood.

They work mainly in hospitals, medical practices, blood donor centers, laboratories, and doctors’ offices. Almost all offices require a phlebotomists to have completed at least a professional certification.

As well as the hands on work of a phlebotomist, there are administration duties too. Maintaining medical records, arranging appointments, and making any relevant notes are all part of their day-to-day duties.

Phlebotomist Salary

How much do phlebotomists make? Records report the average phlebotomist’s salary to be $34,480 per year or $16.58 per hour. This is the median wage at the time, taken by calculating the point in which half the workers in the profession earned more than, and half earned less than.

phlebotomist salaryTo find the phlebotomists starting salary we need to look at the amount the lowest 10% earns less than. In this profession it’s $25,020, while the higher 10% of earners are above $49,060.

The difference between the lowest and highest 10% is lower than a lot of other professions. This is mainly due to the lack of career progression for phlebotomists. There are not a lot of professional qualifications to advance their careers, along with many positions to advance too.

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The fluctuation in salary is down to a number of factors, these include; geographic location of work, years of experience, and levels of qualifications. As with all jobs in the medical field, a high degree of professionalism and a good working reputation is very important.

Phlebotomists typically work full time. Although if working in hospitals or laboratories, it’s normal to work shift patterns, late nights, weekends and holidays to cover the 24 hour opening hours.

Top 5 Paying States

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.43
$18.53
$38,540
New York Flag
New York
0.57
$18.17
$37,790
California Flag
California
0.76
$18.16
$37,770
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.75
$17.88
$37,190
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts


0.78
$17.71

$36,830

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Insurance Carriers
$20.61
$42,870
Specialty Hospitals
0.33
$17.71
$36,850
Home Health Care Services
$17.19
$35,760
Engineering, Architectural, and Related Services
0.01
$17.15
$35,660
Scientific Development and Research Services
0.05
$16.90
$35,140

Phlebotomist Job Description

what do phlebotomists doWorking as a phlebotomist can be an interesting and rewarding job. They typically see several new people on a daily basis, meeting people from all backgrounds. So what do phlebotomists do?

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients to be used for testing, donations, lab work, and more. As a phlebotomist you have to expect to work with babies, children, adults and the elderly.

They work with other members of the healthcare profession. From liaising with reception workers, to assisting doctors and nurses. Some phlebotomists also communicate directly with laboratories to discuss the blood samples and results.

Some key duties in a phlebotomist’s job description:

• Collecting blood samples from patients.
• Labelling vials and sending to laboratories for testing.
• Centrifuge samples if required.
• Being friendly and courteous to all patients.
• Understand infection control procedures.
• Manage confidential and sensitive information.

A phlebotomist’s career can be enhanced with various certifications and qualifications. Most phlebotomists start as students, working in practice under supervision and earning their certification. The more experience and high level of qualifications leads to more responsibility and a higher salary.

Phlebotomy classes are usually available as non-college courses, meaning you do not have to work towards a degree or attend college classes. There are some differing requirements across different states, but this is the typical situation.

Working as a phlebotomist there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had. You are helping patients of ill health, and making a difference in their lives. This is why good communication and interpersonal skills are a must.

A great deal of speed and accuracy is required, the working environment is often a fast paced one. Mistakes can cause huge problems, so the ability to work under pressure in an accurate fashion is a desirable skill.

Phlebotomist Salary by State

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
1.042
$12.87
$26,760
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.427
$18.53
$38,540
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.956
$14.38
$29,910
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.804
$12.19
$25,350
California Flag
California
0.76
$18.16
$37,770
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.759
$17.11
$35,580
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
1.01
$17.59
$36,590
Delaware flag
Delaware
1.101
$17.60
$36,600
Florida Flag
Florida
0.855
$13.63
$28,350
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.895
$14.26
$29,660
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
1.034
$16.71
$34,760
Idaho Flag
Idaho
1.037
$14.31
$29,760
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.883
$16.27
$33,850
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.889
$13.90
$28,910
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.706
$13.50
$28,080
Kansas Flag
Kansas
0.526
$14.25
$29,640
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
1.076
$13.71
$28,520
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.977
$13.69
$28,470
Maine Flag
Maine
0.928
$13.85
$28,800
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.745
$17.88
$37,190
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.78
$17.71
$36,830
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.593
$13.69
$28,470
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.666
$16.76
$34,850
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.779
$12.44
$25,880
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.736
$13.13
$27,310
Montana Flag
Montana
0.562
$14.48
$30,110
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.655
$14.20
$29,540
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.732
$17.19
$35,760
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
1.04
$15.88
$33,040
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
1.217
$16.68
$34,690
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.569
$13.93
$28,970
New York Flag
New York
0.573
$18.17
$37,790
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
1.105
$13.63
$28,350
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
0.998
$14.13
$29,390
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.917
$14.31
$29,760
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.748
$14.34
$29,840
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.953
$16.91
$35,170
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.937
$15.00
$31,190
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
1.769
$17.61
$36,630
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
0.702
$12.69
$26,390
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.518
$12.74
$26,500
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.938
$12.69
$26,390
Texas Flag
Texas
0.778
$14.53
$30,230
Utah Flag
Utah
0.952
$12.66
$26,340
Vermont Flag
Vermont
0.99
$15.01
$31,230
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.961
$15.28
$31,790
Washington Flag
Washington
0.628
$16.87
$35,090
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
1.142
$12.69
$26,400
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.836
$15.72
$32,690
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
1.022
$14.62
$30,410

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Redding, – CA
1.90
$22.36
$46,520
Oakland / Fremont / Hayward, – CA – Metropolitan Division
0.53
$21.92
$45,600
Vallejo / Fairfield, – CA
0.94
$21.24
$44,190
Santa Barbara / Santa Maria / Goleta, – CA
1.23
$21.01
$43,700
San Jose / Sunnyvale / Santa Clara, – CA
0.39
$20.59
$42,830

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
North Mountains, Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
0.75
$19.35
$40,250
Mother Lode, Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
0.80
$18.45
$38,380
Southwestern Washington – nonmetropolitan area
0.92
$17.79
$37,010
North Coast, Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
0.79
$17.36
$36,110
Central Washington – nonmetropolitan area
0.51
$17.00
$35,360

Phlebotomist Job Outlook

The phlebotomist’s job profession is expected to grow around 25% between 2016 and 2026. This is considerably faster than the average for all professions. There are a lot of locations that need the expertise of phlebotomists, such as labs, hospitals, clinics, and blood donor centres.

Blood analysis has been, and continues to be an important part of medicine. Therefor demand for phlebotomists remains high, and is expected to rise.

With the number of people entitled to health insurance and medical assistance always growing, the demand has to increase to keep up. There is an ever aging population too, thus resulting in the need for more phlebotomists.

Overall the job outlook is very positive, especially for those who pursue certifications and qualifications.

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