Phlebotomist Salary & Career Outlook
To become a phlebotomist, the BLS reports, typically requires a postsecondary non-degree award from a phlebotomy program. These programs are available at technical schools, community colleges and vocational schools, and they usually take less than a year to complete. Most employers also prefer a professional certification, which several organizations grant, and the following skills: compassion, dexterity, hand-eye coordination and to be detail-oriented.
If you’re looking for an important, health-focused career that’s both growing and sustainable, then it might be worth checking out one of the many good phlebotomy programs available in the U.S.
You can make a living as a phlebotomist. According to the BLS, phlebotomists in the United States as of May 2013 earned a mean annual wage of $31,410, with the lowest-paid 10 percent earning an annual wage of $21,760 and the highest-paid 10 percent earning an annual wage of $43,190.
Keep in mind that the industry in which you’re employed as a phlebotomist can affect how much you earn. According to the BLS, the top-paying industries in the United States for phlebotomists as of May 2013 were:
- Insurance carriers: $42,650 annual mean wage
- Management of companies and enterprises: $36,680 annual mean wage
- Individual and family services: $36,620 annual mean wage