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Trained phlebotomists work in hospitals, medical laboratories and public and private clinics. The main role of phlebotomists is to draw blood from patients sent to the medical clinic by doctors for medical testing. Phlebotomists are "clinical laboratory technicians," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their weekly salary depends on the amount of hours worked and the previous work experience of the technician.
Average Monthly Salary
Phlebotomists receive the lowest annual salary out of all laboratory technicians, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Phlebotomists make more at physicians’ offices and laboratories than hospitals and private clinics. However, the mean hourly wage of phlebotomist technicians is $18.20. This is a total mean annual wage of $37,860. Nonetheless, phlebotomist technicians may earn as little as $11.46 per hour and as much as $26.55 per hour, which calculates to annual wages of $23,850 and $55,210 respectively.
Average salary phlebotomists receive $728 a week if they earn $18.20 per hour and work a full 40 hour work week. This calculates to a bimonthly gross income of $1456. Alternately, phlebotomist technicians earning $11.46 per hour only earn a gross income of $458.40 per week, while top earners gross about $1062 per week, if the work week is a full 40 hours. Each paycheck is subject to all applicable tax deductions and the net amount will be less than the gross income.
Phlebotomists’ main responsibility is to gather the blood from patients and send the sample to the laboratory for testing. Although it sounds simple, phlebotomists must ensure the patients are comfortable, especially if they are afraid of needles. Phlebotomists must also use proper procedures for sterilizing and controlling the equipment used. Upon drawing the blood, phlebotomists must also use proper labeling techniques, so the laboratory technician can accurately pair the results with the patient.
Education and Training
The wage phlebotomists' make reflects the amount of education and training needed to start working in the field. According to a Spring 2000 article published in "Occupational Outlook Quarterly," most phlebotomists only have a high school degree and in-field training, although some may receive training at medical or clinical laboratory technician colleges to learn about basic human anatomy and the circulatory system.
- HealthcareSalaryOnline.com: Phlebotomist Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009 – Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- "Occupational Outlook Quarterly"; Phlebotomist; Matthew Mariani; Spring 2000
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.