How Much Do Phlebotomists Make?

In Salary, Technician & Technologist
May 16, 2017

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If you’ve found yourself on a page about how much phlebotomist’s make, you may be entertaining the thought of becoming one in the future. This article takes an in-depth look at what job growth and salaries of phlebotomists will look like for the coming years.

Phlebotomists play a critical role in healthcare and are responsible for collecting blood for donation and testing. The samples they collect are then analyzed in a diagnostic laboratory, and blood tests are conducted to diagnose illnesses, elevate proper nutrition levels, and determine the effective level of medication dosage.

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, phlebotomy can be a very attractive option due to the low bar-of-entry and above-average growth rate over the coming decade.

How Much Do Phlebotomists Make?

How much a phlebotomists can make via salary can vary greatly depending on the location of the job, experience of the individual, and the current demand for phlebotomists. Use the table at the end of this article to find out whether your state, or the state you eventually want to work in, pays its phlebotomists above or below the national average.

As represented in the graph below, phlebotomists can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $14.75, or $30,670 per year:

Phlebotomist Salary

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In order to become a phlebotomist, you need only to complete a qualifying phlebotomy training program, typically found at your local community college, and earn the state-required certification.

Certifications are available through the American Society of Pathologists (ASCP), American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Medical Personnel (AAMP).

Due to the incredibly low levels of debt that students are required to take on (many of which graduate with zero) and a job growth rate of 25%, becoming a phlebotomist remains a solid option for advancing your career in the healthcare industry.

Best States for Phlebotomist Salaries

A major factor in determining what your salary may look like is the location in which you plan to work. However, this principle applies to nearly all occupations largely due to the varying cost-of-living rates across the country.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary and employment data for nearly all positions, nationwide. The following table includes all data compiled from the BLS from each state including total number of jobs and wages as of May 2016.

Search or sort the table to find out what you can expect to make if phlebotomy is in your future:

*Location quotients serve as a statistical representation of the concentration of a resource, like jobs, with a broader base area.

StateEmploymentEmployment per 1,000 jobsLocation quotientHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama2,2801.191.39$13.84$28,870
Alaska1600.480.56$19.55$40,670
Arizona1,3400.510.59$14.72$30,620
Arkansas9700.820.95$13.42$27,910
California12,6100.790.92$19.89$41,390
Colorado1,6200.650.75$17.42$36,230
Connecticut1,1900.720.83$18.80$39,110
Delaware5301.211.40$17.34$36,060
Florida7,5700.921.07$14.47$30,100
Georgia3,5000.830.96$14.73$30,650
Hawaii6701.061.23$16.93$35,220
Idaho5600.840.98$14.78$30,750
Illinois5,4900.931.08$17.06$35,490
Indiana2,4200.810.94$14.68$30,530
Iowa1,2700.830.96$14.25$29,640
Kansas1,0000.730.84$15.26$31,740
Kentucky2,0901.121.30$14.18$29,490
Louisiana2,1301.111.29$13.92$28,960
Maine6101.021.19$14.44$30,040
Maryland2,3300.881.03$18.30$38,060
Massachusetts3,4000.981.14$18.74$38,930
Michigan2,6600.630.73$14.41$29,980
Minnesota1,8400.660.76$17.48$36,370
Missouri1,9100.690.80$14.35$29,850
Montana3000.670.78$15.66$32,580
Nebraska6900.710.82$14.86$30,910
Nevada9600.760.88$17.55$36,510
New Hampshire6901.071.24$18.33$38,130
New Jersey4,6701.181.37$17.99$37,430
New Mexico7300.901.05$13.53$28,150
New York6,5500.720.84$18.23$37,910
North Carolina5,6701.341.56$14.39$29,930
North Dakota5801.361.57$13.75$28,600
Ohio5,4501.021.19$15.37$31,960
Oklahoma1,3100.830.92$14.20$29,540
Oregon1,9201.071.24$17.65$36,710
Pennsylvania4,7600.830.96$16.41$34,130
Rhode Island9101.912.22$18.83$39,160
South Carolina1,4500.730.85$13.55$28,190
South Dakota1900.470.54$13.27$27,600
Tennessee2,5100.871.01$13.64$28,360
Texas9,2100.780.91$15.13$31,480
Utah1,1400.830.96$13.56$28,200
Vermont2300.750.87$16.65$34,620
Virginia3,6400.971.12$15.94$33,160
Washington2,3000.750.87$17.74$36,890
West Virginia1,1101.591.84$14.11$29,350
Wisconsin2,2800.810.94$16.39$34,090
Wyoming3101.111.28$15.62$32,500
DC2700.380.44$19.52$40,600
Mississippi9800.881.02$13.44$27,960

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