Blood has always been a beneficial source of information of the body’s current state of health. As such, doctors and other health professionals rely on this information to formulate a therapeutic plan or make the right medical diagnosis. However, the essential data often relies on the sterile extraction and correct handling of blood.
Phlebotomists are specialised healthcare professionals that are primarily in charge of anything related to blood extraction, storage, transport and documentation. They can locate the veins that can be punctured with a sterile needle and draw the blood to its correct container. It is also their responsibility to make sure that the blood will then be labelled and securely brought to the diagnostic laboratory or storage area. Some phlebotomists may also perform diagnostic tests or even be of assistance in reading the results.
What affects a phlebotomy technician’s earnings?
Their essential role in the healthcare system may have had other people wondering, how much do phlebotomists make? The answer is fairly variable. The phlebotomist salary envelope really depends on the location, employment, and work burden involved.
In the United States, a certified phlebotomist will definitely earn more than the ones without technical training. The American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists issue certificates to phlebotomists, especially to the ones who want to practice in California. However, not all states require certification. Consider this, the state of California offers the highest hourly rate at USD 23.36 compared to Ohio, the stingiest offer at USD 12.10 per hour. Other states such as Illinois, Colorado and Minnesota also offered above average salary for phlebotomy technicians. The state of Alaska can offer phlebotomists an average annual pay of USD 39,000.
The phlebotomist’s salary will also depend on the rule of supply and demand. This means when there is a high demand for phlebotomy work and there are very few qualified; expect the hourly rates to go up. Phlebotomy technicians employed by the hospitals earn better than the ones employed in private clinics. Specialised laboratories offer better pay comparative to the ones offered by larger medical establishments. Positions also matter: a mobile phlebotomist can get about USD 26,000 annually compared to a nurse medical assistant phlebotomist that gets USD 46,000 a year, a grand lower than a phlebotomist supervisor who earns USD 47,000 annually.
Experienced phlebotomists also get more in their pay checks. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2010 survey, the more experienced phlebotomy supervisors get about USD 41,700 annually. Education also plays a major part. The more training and certification under your belt, the better pay you get. It shows your employers that you take your phlebotomy career seriously and you want to grow professionally.
Phlebotomist salary in the United States
In 2010, phlebotomists are getting USD 23,900 to about USD 35,600 annually as their starting income. When they gain experience, they can get about USD 29,000 to about USD 41,000 a year in wages. However, the American Society for Clinical Pathology revealed in a survey that the average income is at USD 28,000 annually.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists belong to the group of medical and clinical laboratory technicians that earned median pay of about USD 37,000 in 2011. According to Explore Health Careers website, phlebotomists get about USD 25,100 to USD 30,500 annually.
In the 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics data, the mean annual income of phlebotomy technicians has increased to USD 31,000. It also reported that medical and diagnostic laboratories and specialty hospitals offer their phlebotomists the highest mean annual wage at USD 32,000 and USD 35,000 respectively. However, the top paying industry the employ these professionals are the insurance carriers that offer mean annual salary of USD 41,000. Unfortunately, they offer very limited positions, about 30 nationwide.
Fringe benefits for phlebotomy technicians
Although phlebotomists belong to health professionals that get measly salaries, there are benefits to being employed as one. Health care, pension, education reimbursement, paid vacation and sick leaves, overtime pay, bonus, and insurance can actually increase the total compensation of phlebotomy technicians to an average of 33.8 per cent, according to www.salary.com.
Phlebotomy salary in other countries
According to the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom, phlebotomy technicians are on Band 2. From April 2013, the average salary may be from GBP 14,294.00 to about GBP 17,425.00 annually. This will involve a 37.5 hour work week, between 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. The post is also available for part-time shifts.
As with their US counterparts, the NHS requires phlebotomy training. This consists of six months on-the-job training up to half a year and be awarded with a Certificate of Competence. Employers will also require their certified phlebotomy technicians to qualify to level II or level III Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support, or level III Diploma in Blood Donor Support. Short courses are also offered by the National Association of Phlebotomists for skill advancement.
Down in Australia and most of New Zealand, a phlebotomist is expected to receive an average of about AUD 18.00 to AUD 23.00 an hour. Average pay scale may be from AUD 36,400 to 48,400 annually. Overtime pay ranges from AUD 16.00 to AUD 48.00. Cities such as Perth and Melbourne may offer bigger pay checks while Brisbane and Sydney will pay phlebotomy technicians slightly lower than average.
What does the future pay check hold?
The Bureau of Labour Statistics predict that there is a demand for most healthcare practitioners from 2010 to 2020 with an anticipated 15 per cent increase for clinical laboratory technicians, a group which includes phlebotomists. The American Society for Clinical Pathology also mentions its 2011 survey that showed an eight per cent national vacancy rate for phlebotomists. In some areas, the vacancies for phlebotomists can be as high as 13 per cent. There is a projected growth rate of 18 per cent up to the year 2018 which should translate to more jobs in the future with better pay.
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