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.

If you’re reading this article, there’s a high chance that you’re interested in becoming a phlebotomist. You might also want to check out our phlebotomy training guide.

Phlebotomist Salary

How much do phlebotomists make? Records report the average phlebotomist’s salary to be . 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

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alaska FlagAlaska 0.43$18.53$38,540
New York FlagNew York 0.57$18.17$37,790
California FlagCalifornia 0.76$18.16$37,770
Maryland FlagMaryland 0.75$17.88$37,190
Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts



Top Paying Industries

IndustryPercent of industry employmentHourly mean wageAnnual 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

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama FlagAlabama1.042$12.87$26,760
Alaska FlagAlaska0.427$18.53$38,540
Arizona FlagArizona0.956$14.38$29,910
Arkansas FlagArkansas0.804$12.19$25,350
California FlagCalifornia0.76$18.16$37,770
Colorado flagColorado0.759$17.11$35,580
Connecticut FlagConnecticut1.01$17.59$36,590
Delaware flagDelaware1.101$17.60$36,600
Florida FlagFlorida0.855$13.63$28,350
Georgia FlagGeorgia0.895$14.26$29,660
Hawaii FlagHawaii1.034$16.71$34,760
Idaho FlagIdaho1.037$14.31$29,760
Illinois FlagIllinois0.883$16.27$33,850
Indiana FlagIndiana0.889$13.90$28,910
Iowa FlagIowa0.706$13.50$28,080
Kansas FlagKansas0.526$14.25$29,640
Kentucky FlagKentucky1.076$13.71$28,520
Louisiana FlagLouisiana0.977$13.69$28,470
Maine FlagMaine0.928$13.85$28,800
Maryland FlagMaryland0.745$17.88$37,190
Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts0.78$17.71$36,830
Michigan FlagMichigan0.593$13.69$28,470
Minnesota FlagMinnesota0.666$16.76$34,850
Mississippi FlagMississippi0.779$12.44$25,880
Missouri FlagMissouri0.736$13.13$27,310
Montana FlagMontana0.562$14.48$30,110
Nebraska FlagNebraska0.655$14.20$29,540
Nevada FlagNevada0.732$17.19$35,760
New Hampshire FlagNew Hampshire1.04$15.88$33,040
New Jersey FlagNew Jersey1.217$16.68$34,690
New Mexico FlagNew Mexico0.569$13.93$28,970
New York FlagNew York0.573$18.17$37,790
North Carolina FlagNorth Carolina1.105$13.63$28,350
North Dakota FlagNorth Dakota0.998$14.13$29,390
Ohio FlagOhio0.917$14.31$29,760
Oklahoma FlagOklahoma0.748$14.34$29,840
Oregon FlagOregon0.953$16.91$35,170
Pennsylvania FlagPennsylvania0.937$15.00$31,190
Rhode Island FlagRhode Island1.769$17.61$36,630
South Carolina FlagSouth Carolina0.702$12.69$26,390
South Dakota FlagSouth Dakota0.518$12.74$26,500
Tennessee FlagTennessee0.938$12.69$26,390
Texas FlagTexas0.778$14.53$30,230
Utah FlagUtah0.952$12.66$26,340
Vermont FlagVermont0.99$15.01$31,230
Virginia FlagVirginia0.961$15.28$31,790
Washington FlagWashington0.628$16.87$35,090
West Virginia FlagWest Virginia1.142$12.69$26,400
Wisconsin FlagWisconsin0.836$15.72$32,690
Wyomin FlagWyoming1.022$14.62$30,410

Top paying metropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual 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

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual 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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Noel Griffith, Ph.D.
Noel Griffith is a Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research. He has been an editor-in-chief of since 2014. Noel is an avid reader (non-fiction), enjoys good food, live theatre, and helping others make wiser career decisions.

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