As may be expected from a healthcare-related field, phlebotomy salaries have remained at good levels, and a specialist may bank on a long and upwardly mobile career in this relatively new trade.
Phlebotomists are highly trained in the skill of drawing blood, a seemingly simple task which used to be within the realm of the certified nurse. With the advance of medical and laboratory techniques and knowledge over the decades, it has become increasingly important that such a job, wherein direct contact with the patient is made and the potential for stress and pain is high, be handled by specialists. The job description therefore not only includes the drawing of blood and the proper handling of the samples, but emphatic rapport with the patient must be made. Skilled phlebotomists are in high demand, and their salaries reflect it.
Although certification is not necessary in most states, institutions rightfully look for certified or licensed applicants whenever there is a job opening to be filled. In response to this, many schools throughout the United States and in many countries throughout the world offer a variety of degree programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average phlebotomist wage ranges at around $13.00 an hour. On a 40-hour work week this will add up to about $27,000 annually. The potential for further growth is high, with many certified phlebotomists eventually diversifying to become lab technicians, supervisors, and taking increasingly administrative roles.
Listed by the same source, phlebotomy salaries seem to be highest in New York, reaching above the $40,000 annual level for practitioners with long experience. The state of Georgia, seventh on the list, still offers a healthy rate of just under $23,000 for those just starting out their practice.
Being a branch of the healthcare services, phlebotomy also enjoys plentiful prospects and benefits. Usually, employers offer paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave, in addition to a retirement plan and premium health insurance. In order to attract highly skilled applicants, employers also usually present a plan to reimburse the cost of continuing education in the field and the cost of continuing certification.
All in all, phlebotomy salaries remain largely recession proof and continue to be an excellent career path.