Have you ever thought about a career in phlebotomy? Or wondered how much does a phlebotomist make? You are not alone. According to Live Career, a phlebotomy career is one of the most popular choices among job seekers because it is fast paced, you work face-to-face with patients, and must be detail oriented. If you are considering a career in phlebotomy, here is all the information you need to know about the training and salary. Let’s start by looking at the cost-benefit and time commitment for phlebotomy training. Then, we will look at the average total salary for a certified phlebotomy technician for 2019.
How Long Does It Take to Complete Phlebotomy Training?
A career in phlebotomy is a great opportunity to step into the medical field because you only need a high school diploma or GED before enrolling into the phlebotomy certification program, and phlebotomy training is short. How short? Our phlebotomy training program at PhlebotomyU requires:
- 20 hours of basic phlebotomy
- 20 hours of advanced phlebotomy
- 40-60 hours of classroom hands on experience.
If you are enrolled into our weekday training, it takes five weeks to complete. We also offer weekend only phlebotomy classes, which will take a little longer to complete.
Keep in mind, to become a phlebotomist, you will need to pass the national exam and apply for an internship with an affiliated healthcare facility after your training. But don’t worry! At PhlebotomyU, we hold the national examination at our own facility and work with students to place them at an internship.
How much does a Phlebotomist Make?
After passing the exam and finishing the internship, you are now ready to apply for a phlebotomy job. Here is the average pay for a phlebotomist in the U.S.:
- How much does a phlebotomist make an hour? The average hourly wage is $17/hour
- How much does a phlebotomist make a year? The average salary is $35,560
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Remember, a phlebotomists salary and hourly wage will vary depending on number of years spent in the profession, additional skills and job location – this is simply the national average.
What is an average phlebotomist Salary in California?
Many of our certified phlebotomy students stay to work in hospitals, clinics and laboratories in California. Let’s take a look at a phlebotomy technician salary in California compared to the U.S.average.
- Average hourly is about $18.50/hour in California
- Average salary is $38,306 in California
Again, each city in California offers a different salary range (Source www1.Salary.com has a full list of salaries by city in California). Learn more about phlebotomist careers and full time roles on our phlebotomy training jobs page.
At PhlebotomyU, we work with students from start to finish. We are fortunate to have partnerships with clinics and hospitals throughout San Diego County to help set up students with Phlebotomist jobs after graduating. Some places that have hired our graduated students include Kaiser Permanente, Sharp, UC San Diego, the VA, Scripps, and Palomar. We hope this helps you decide if a career in phlebotomy is right for you. See you in our next phlebotomy training program!