After accomplishing your CPT1 certificate, you are now ready to find a phlebotomy job. Your have several options as a phlebotomist including working at a hospital, clinic, diagnostic laboratory, and physician office laboratory. How much does a phlebotomist make? Well, each setting has different required duties, pace, and work environment so the salaries vary. We want to break each one down for so you can choose the right phlebotomy job for you!
Hospital Phlebotomy Jobs
Average hospital phlebotomist salary: $34,000*
*All salary values sourced from: Salary.com
A phlebotomy job at a hospital is high paced work while drawing blood from patients of different ages and health needs. This work setting will be perfect if you enjoy problem solving, fast paced environment, and want everyday to be different. Other pros to having a hospital phlebotomy job is if you are looking to eventually move up in the medical field than a hospital job is a great start.
Duties of a Phlebotomist in a Hospital include:
- Collect blood samples from patients––This includes determining the best way to draw blood for each individual patient
- Label vials with patients name and date
- Transport blood samples to laboratory
- Sterilize instruments and keep track of supplies (order supplies if needed)
Fill out reports of the procedure done
Clinic Phlebotomy Jobs
Average clinic phlebotomist salary: $29,000
Clinic phlebotomy jobs are more predictable and steady paced than a hospital job. In general, a phlebotomy clinic salary is lower than a hospital one but on the positive side the hours are regular and even though you may draw blood on several patients throughout the day, these patients are often not as sick as in a hospital. A clinic phlebotomy job is great if you enjoy a smaller team environment, prefer working regular hours, and want to work closer with the patients and the medical staff.
Clinic Phlebotomy Job Duties:
- Enter lab orders in computer
- Talk to patients about the blood test
- Work with your clinic team on blood tests that need to be done
- Collect and label blood samples
- Deliver blood samples to the lab
Diagnostic Lab Phlebotomy Jobs
Average salary: $31,000
Similar to a clinic, a diagnostic lab phlebotomy job will have regular hours. The difference will be patients are coming to you for lab tests, which means you will be the face of the diagnostic lab. This is a very one-on-one environment and usually not as fast paced phlebotomy job as in a hospital or clinic.
Lab Phlebotomy Job Duties:
- Communicating with patients on drawing blood and what tests you will be performing
- Enter lab orders in computer and complete them
- Collect blood samples
- Label and store blood containers for processing
- Completing all data and paperwork on blood test done
Physician Office Laboratory (POL) Phlebotomy Jobs
Average salary: $31,000
POL testing is a diagnostic laboratory that is part of a physician practice. This phlebotomy job is very team oriented position as you are working with a small medical staff to help patients. If you feel you succeed in a fast paced, team environment, and like to multi-task this could be the phlebotomy job for you.
*What is CLIA? CLIA stands for clinic laboratory improvement amendments and this program sets the standards and issues certificates to diagnostic laboratories like POLs.
POL Phlebotomy Job Duties:
- Communicate with patients about drawing blood
- Be able to talk to patients over the phone
- Communicate with front office about blood test schedule
- Communicate with physician on blood tests
- Collecting blood samples
- Preparing blood samples to be sent to office laboratory
- Complete paperwork on the patient
Remember that all the salaries above will vary depending on location, size of hospital, clinic, lab, or office you work for, and work experience. (Phlebotomy average salary in California vs national)
If you want to do your training with us at PhlebotomyU, we work with hospitals and clinics to assist you after graduation to find a phlebotomy job.