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How much does a Phlebotomist Make?

February 22, 2013

Phlebotomy has been increasing in demand in the past years, largely in part to an ever-aging population. Phlebotomists are specialists that are trained to in puncturing veins and drawing blood, which is usually used for tests, transfusions, or other blood work.

A phlebotomist will also usually verify records, prepare the collected samples for laboratories, take other vital signs, and even conduct interviews with the patient.

Thanks to an ever increasing demand for health care, the salary and demand of phlebotomists is currently on the rise. There are a number of factors, however, that can influence the salary of a phlebotomist.

Certification

While certification is only required in two states at the moment, often times a phlebotomist with a certification will have a higher starting salary. Studies show that those entering the workforce with a certification often earn 15% to 20% more money initially. Furthermore, having a certification will allow a phlebotomist to move to an area where it’s required.

Employer

The type of employer can make a large difference in the salary a phlebotomist makes. The demand for these services is broad, so one can gain employment in a number of different health care providers.
The top paying healthcare provider tends to be a private practice, or a diagnostic laboratory – which pays between $32,000 and $38,000 on average. The lowest paying health care provider is usually a public hospital or a community health care provider or clinic. These can pay on average between as low as $27,000 and $30,000.

Experience

Experience dramatically influences the salary of a phlebotomist. While the starting salaries can be between $27,000 and $38,000 depending on various factors, as experience is accrued the salary increases. Phlebotomists with a large amount of experience can expect salaries upwards of $60,000 per year.

Specialization

Specialization refers to a phlebotomist who takes classes or receives training that allows them to specialize is a specific type of phlebotomy, such as a collections specialist. Generally speaking, specializing also requires a few years of experience in the field. This can increase the salary one makes as well, depending on the type of specialization and the demand.

Location

The location of the employer can have a major impact on the salary of a phlebotomist. Generally, rural areas tend to pay less than urban areas. The difference between a position in a rural area versus a larger city can be as much as 20%, or greater.

Different states tend to have different pay scales as well. For example, the average starting base salary for a phlebotomist in North Carolina averages around $29,000 – whereas in California, the average is around $35,000. However, costs of living are different in various states as well, so it’s important to factor this into the salary as well. For example, the cost of living in North Carolina is a lot lower than New York. While New York might pay more as a starting salary, the difference may not cover the increased living expenses one could encounter in New York.

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