Phlebotomists are responsible for drawing blood for analysis and therefore require special training, which includes completing a phlebotomy training program and writing a certification exam. The general population is aging and there is an increasing demand for skilled healthcare workers. Phlebotomists can expect a growth in employment opportunity; the United States Bureau of Labor is predicting a 14 percent increase from 2006 to 2016.
Like any career, the starting phlebotomy salary will be lower than the salary of an experienced phlebotomist. Many phlebotomists mistakenly believe that they are fully capable of performing all the duties of an experienced phlebotomist after writing the certification exam. Many employers will put freshly certified and inexperienced phlebotomists on a probationary period. Some phlebotomists will even receive a training pay during this time. The salary for phlebotomy technician will vary across states, locations, and employers. Salary is dependent on experience and education. Full time phlebotomists usually work 40 hour weeks and part time phlebotomists usually accumulate 20 to 30 hours each week. Shift work may be required if employed by a hospital.
The United States Bureau of Labour classifies phlebotomy technicians within the group ‘Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians’ which employs approximately 328,000 healthcare workers. In 2009, the average hourly and annual wages of phlebotomists were reported at $12.84 and $26,710, respectively. Hourly wages ranged from $8.28 to $18.73 an hour; annual wages ranged from $17,230 to $38,950 per annum.
Payscale.com reports the following average salaries according to experience, employer type, and location. The average salary of a first year phlebotomist ranges from $9.75 to $12.50 an hour. After one year of experience, the average salary range increases, from $10.10 to $13.40 an hour. Phlebotomists with five years experience earn anywhere from $11.40 to $14.75 an hour. Phlebotomists with ten or more years of experience can expect up to $16.10 an hour.
Phlebotomists can expect the type of employer to affect their salary. Phlebotomists working for private physicians average between $10.50 and $14.30 an hour. The increase by working in a hospital is slight, up to $14.60 on average. Phlebotomists working for non-profit organizations report wide ranges, from $11.55 to $15.55 an hour. The highest wages reported came from those working for state and government agencies, with an average range of $11.20 to $16.00 an hour.
Location also affects the hourly wage of a phlebotomist. Some of the highest paid techs are located in Boston, averaging $13.50 to $17.30 an hour. Chicago and Phoenix report similar averages, $12.50 to $15.40 an hour and $11.55 to 14.55 an hour, respectively. Phlebotomists in San Antonio average $10.00 to $13.20 an hour.
Like many healthcare professions, phlebotomists often have access to benefits. Most employee benefit packages will include paid vacations and holidays and a designated number of paid sick days. Phlebotomists usually have access to premium-grade health insurance policies. Most hospitals will make a retirement plan a part of their employee benefit package. Some employers will offer reimbursement for recertification courses, which means that phlebotomists are able to maintain their certified status for free. In some cases, special phlebotomy training courses may also be covered by the employer.