Phlebotomy is amongst the most recent fields in medicine and involves the drawing of blood from a patient in order to carry out various tests or for transfusion. Besides drawing blood from patients, a phlebotomist can conduct interviews; take vital symptoms and test the blood samples in the blood bank. To become a phlebotomist, you are required to have the proper certification from a recognized body and be conversant with the procedures, practices, terms and concepts used in the field.
In almost all cases, the phlebotomist salary ranges between $25 to $35 depending on the place of employment, country and experience, to name just a few reasons. As you will realize, there are different levels of certification by various medical boards for phlebotomists and this applies in almost every other field, including accounting. This means that the higher the level of certification the higher the salary will be. Hence, it is crucial to get superior certification in order to earn as much as you can. Nevertheless, this varies from state to state as there are some states that do not require practicing phlebotomists to have certification as long as they have basic college education.
A phlebotomist salary is also determined by the number of qualified phlebotomists in the market. This means that if they are scarce, the chances are that the available ones will be in high demand and thus in a position to command higher salaries. On the other hand, if the market is flooded with phlebotomists, employers will be spoilt for choice and so are more likely to pick and choose between the candidates.
If you were to research how the place of work affects a phlebotomist’s salary, your results would show that those in large medical institutions are better paid than those in private practice. The number of patients could directly affect this, i.e. more patients visit large hospitals than private doctors for major blood tests or for transfusions. For NGO’s, the salary varies depending on the core values of the organization. The majority of employers require candidates to have work experience before they hire them as employees and they also use this as a salary determinant, including the field of phlebotomy.
In today’s job market there is a direct relationship between an employee’s salary and the number of years he/she has worked. This means that the higher the number of years of experience the phlebotomist has the higher the salary. The good thing about experience is that in most cases it does not matter whether it is obtained by freelancing or whether working under a contract.
In other words, all that matters is that you have the necessary work experience. Getting an extra education could earn you a promotion in the field too and this translates to a salary increment. However, you should not expect an instant salary increment once you have achieved your extra qualification; rather you should prepare the necessary documentation to justify why you should get a salary increment and ensure that it falls within the institution’s range.