Top 10 Phlebotomist Salary Factors- The Must-Read 2017 Guide

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Aug 27

phlebotomist-salaryWe’ve sorted the useful phlebotomist salary data from the rest, and present the “cream of the crop” below.

Without further delay, here are the top 10 fast facts you need to know about salaries in this growing industry.

  1. The median annual full-time phlebotomist salary in the United States is approximately $31,000.

    Glassdoor.com puts the amount at $31,897, The US government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a salary of $31,890, and Salary.com‘s research shows a figure of $31,404.

  2. The bottom 25% of phlebotomists make much less than the top 25%.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the bottom 25% of phlebotomists make $25,960 or less per year, and the top 25% make $36,750 or more per year.  The final amount will depend on several factors, including experience, location, etc.

  3. Hourly phlebotomists earn less than full-time phlebotomists.

    The mean hourly wage for a phlebotomist in the United States is between $13.50 and $15 per hour.  According to the BLS, the bottom 25% of phlebotomists make $12.48 or less per hour, and the top 25% make $17.67 or more per hour (sources- The US government’s Bureau of Labor StatisticsPayscale.com).

  4. Salaries can vary widely depending on the employer, and some employers pay up to 70% more than others.

    Hourly rates can range from $10 to $17 per hour, according to a March 2016 search of Glassdoor’s list of hourly salaries for the top employers of phlebotomists.

  5. Salaries can vary by experience level, from $12 per hour for entry-level phlebotomists to $16 per hour for late-career phlebotomists.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, “The ASCP survey reports an average hourly wage of $20.08 or $41,766 per year for phlebotomy supervisors. Experience is important, with most supervisors averaging 10.48 years of experience as opposed to an average of 8.69 years for staff phlebotomists.”

  6. Depending on the state you live and work in, your salary could vary from $12 to $24 per hour.

    The Houston Chronicle goes on to mention that “The highest-paying state in the survey was California, where phlebotomists averaged $23.36 per hour or $48,589 per year. Illinois, Colorado and Minnesota also offered above-average wages. Ohio had the lowest average wage at $12.10 per hour or $25,168 per year.”

    The graph below shows the counties in the nation with the highest and lowest average phlebotomy salaries, and was taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website:

    phlebotomist salary by county

  7.  Your workplace setting or environment can affect your salary.

    Again according to the Houston Chronicle, phlebotomists who work in doctors’ offices or outpatient clinics tend to earn less than those who work in hospitals or labs:

    The highest wages for phlebotomists were in standalone laboratories, where they averaged $16.74 per hour or $34,819 per year. Certified phlebotomists averaged $14.02 per hour, higher than the $12.66 reported for their uncredentialed peers. Supervisors with certification earned $20.38 per hour, as opposed to the $19.02 earned by uncertified supervisors.

  8. Some work environments have more employment opportunities than others.

    The more phlebotomy jobs there are in a certain industry, the more of a “seller’s market” it is, and the more likely you’ll land a job with the salary numbers we’ve described here.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has extensive data on which industries offer the highest number of phlebotomist job:

    phlebotomy industry job statistics

  9. Even if your state doesn’t require a phlebotomy certification, failing to earn one may prevent you from finding a job at all.

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology conducts a salary survey among its members.  According to the results of a recent survey, “those who are certified earned approximately 10 percent higher wages on average. Certified phlebotomists might also have an advantage in seeking promotion to supervisory positions, which typically offer higher pay.”  In addition, three states (California, Louisiana, and Nevada) require phlebotomists to be certified.  And even if your state doesn’t require it, many employers may not grant an interview to individuals without a certification.  Reputable schools that offer phlebotomy training include Pima Medical InstituteKaiser Permanente School of Applied Health Sciences, and Bay Area Medical Academy.  Be sure to check Yelp.com for reviews of medical training programs in your area.

  10.  Other, similar medical jobs may net you a higher salary.

    According to this graph by payscale.com, the average salary for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is almost 33% higher.  And the salary for a registered nurse (RN) is almost double.  U.S. News and World Report put together a list of the top-paying healthcare jobs, and many of them don’t require advanced degrees.

Conclusion

Don’t compare one job offer to another simply on the basis of hourly or annual salary.  Remember that a job’s total compensation is made up of many other factors besides salary, including:

  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Bonus
  • Retirement contributions + employer matching, if any (401k, Roth IRA, etc.)
  • On-the-job training
  • Vacation, sick leave, and personal leave

Don’t forget to ask about these other factors as well.  Just don’t ask do so during the first interview- employers generally don’t look favorably on candidates whose #1 concern is money.

Salary.com does a great job of breaking down the average phlebotomist’s salary into the above categories.