Phlebotomy Pay: A Detailed Guide to Salary

The average salary in the US as of February, 2016 was $31,530. Phlebotomists make $13.63 per hour in the USA. Usually, a phlebotomist salary in the USA falls in the range between $28,401 and $35,215.*

Phlebotomy pay is determined by several factors.

There are several factors to consider in order to determine phlebotomy pay.

  • Experience of the phlebotomist
  • Where they work in the USA
  • Whether or not they have achieved any certification
  • The type of facility where they work.

If working full time, you may also receive a benefits package. These may include health insurance, retirement pension, social security, paid holiday, sick leave, and vacation time.

Find out Phlebotomy Pay in your state! Click the image below to get a closer look!

Factors that Influence a phlebotomist salary in the USA:


Federal Government facilities are the best paid of all, with an average starting salary of $29,072.

Private laboratories pay well too, but positions here are not easily available.

Local state hospitals pay the lowest wages to phlebotomists, but have more vacancies and are excellent options to have for recent phlebotomist graduates with little or no experience.

Mobile phlebotomists get paid 10% more than their settled counterparts, but they do a lot of driving. They usually work for smaller hospitals and laboratories.


Obtaining a certification can also help you earn more, but it is mandatory only in four states.

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Louisiana
  • Washington

The preferred certifications for phlebotomists are the ASCP Certified Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) and American Medical Technologists (AMT). Certified phlebotomists can expect to have a starting salary around $27,514.


Experience does not really play as big a role in phlebotomy as it does in other professions as this is basically an entry-level medical job. So it
won’t necessarily help to have years of experience as a
phlebotomist. In fact phlebotomists with an experience of 4 to 10 years only make $2,000 to $2,300 more than those with less than 1 year of experience.


Location plays a very important role for phlebotomists. The state you work in makes a huge difference to your salary.

Wages in all states are influenced by the cost of living — higher the cost of living, higher the wages. Phlebotomists who work in rural areas get paid less than those working in urban areas, but they are less busy as well.

Click here to see the average phlebotomy pay in each state.

How to Get Paid Better as a Phlebotomist?

To get paid better as a phlebotomist, you will need to do one or more of the following things;

Get Certified — As discussed earlier, getting a certification either from ASCP Certified Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) or American Medical Technologists (AMT) can make a huge difference to your career. Get certified even if it is not mandatory to be so in your state.

Ask for a Raise — Prove your a valuable employee over time and ask your boss for a raise.

Look for Better Jobs — Apply for a job in a type of facility that typically pays more.

Change your location — If you are working in a facility located in a rural area, take a job in a more urban location. You may even want to look for a job in another state.


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