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Phlebotomy Salary

Like a lot of areas of health care, phlebotomy is a career that is enjoying an upswing in demand. According to the United States Bureau of Labor, job growth for phlebotomists will increase 14% through the year 2016. Phlebotomy requires specialized training and completing a certification exam, if the phlebotomist wishes to be certified. Although certification is not required in all states, it is highly recommended to be certified as that will be a bench mark when hiring and determining salary.

Salary for a phlebotomist is subject to certain conditions that include education, years of experience, geographical location, type of facility where employed and supply and demand. An Associate’s Degree will carry more weight than a certificate of completion or diploma program. Where, in the salary range, a phlebotomist falls is dependent on some or all of these conditions.

A phlebotomist with a certification will carry more weight than the phlebotomist who does not have a certification. Those that live in areas where the standard of living is high will tend to hit closer to the top of the salary scale than those that live in areas where the cost of living is lower. However, in areas where the cost of living is low, if the demand is more than the supply, the salary expectations will be closer to the top of the salary range.

Phlebotomists that keep current with education, and to remain certified, it will be necessary to complete continuing education programs at certain intervals, will tip the top of the salary scale in their favor. Professional organizations and health care facilities sponsor seminars and programs for phlebotomist to enhance their skills by enabling them to learn something new or improving their current skills with new techniques. Continuing education is seen as a major plus by employers. Education will trigger a higher salary and put that person at the top of the scale every time.

The place of employment also has an effect on the salary levels for phlebotomists. Typically, those working in a hospital will see a higher salary than a phlebotomist working in a doctor’s office. Those that work for a nonprofit organization will see an average salary between a hospital and doctors office and those that work for the government will see the highest salary of all.

According to the current Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an entry level phlebotomist is between 20k and 26k. A phlebotomist with 1 to 4 years experience will see a salary between 21k and 28k. A phlebotomist with 5 to 9 years experience will receive a salary between 30k and 35k. A phlebotomist with 10 to 20 years experience will see a salary of 33k to 41k. Anyone with more than 20 years of experience will see a salary up to about 50k.

When considering the salary offered, also take into consideration the benefits being offered. Health insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation time, 401k contributions and tuition reimbursement opportunities also add into the value of the salary being offered.

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