Phlebotomist Salary

The average Phlebotomist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Phlebotomist's work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other laboratories. Phlebotomist salaries vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Phlebotomist's reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. 

Just to clarify.  A phlebotomy technician and a phlebotomist are one and the same.  A Medical Laboratory technician can draw blood but is not a phlebotomy technician. The distinction has to to do with the job duties.  Phlebotomy techs are very narrowly focused on blood collection for laboratory tests.

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A Phlebotomist median salary is $14.29 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $11.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $20.00 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Phlebotomist Salary is $29,730. The lowest 10% earn less than $22,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $42,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Phlebotomist Technician Salary

The lowest paid Phlebotomist's earn less with mean or average wages below $10.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the mean or average wage is over $22.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

 The best paying states are Alaska, California, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas for Phlebotomist Technicians

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Phlebotomist Salary are Oakland CA, Stockton CA, Santa Barbara CA, Vallejo-Fairfield CA, and Merced CA.

Click here to see a list of phlebotomist salary information for all 50 states.

Other Industries that Employ Phlebotomist Technicians

Blood Banks, Junior Colleges, and the Insurance industry employ Phlebotomists with salary ranges of $13.00 to $25.00 per hour.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor there are over 100,000 phlebotomists who earn a salary in the United States.     

Where They Work

Of all the Phlebotomists employed in the United States a majority are employed in hospitals and laboratory settings. A number of these professionals work for laboratories, employment agencies and for federal and state government. The best paying industry is medical and diagnostic laboratories.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Given the nature of the work these professionals perform and the fact that much of their work occurs in the hospital and laboratory setting the opportunity for private practice is minimal.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.   A typical benefits package is worth $20,000.