How much is a phlebotomist's starting salary?

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How much is a phlebotomist's starting salary?
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Phlebotomists are medical technicians whose expertise is in drawing blood. They work under the supervision of doctors to draw blood and run tests on patients' blood as required. Most phlebotomists do not make a lot of money, especially when just starting out. However, if you are interested in medical technology and enjoy working with patients, you may find this career rewarding.

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National average

Phlebotomists are paid on an hourly basis. According to Phlebotomist.net, most phlebotomists in the U.S. make between £6.80 and £8.70 per hour, which translates to about £16,250 to £17,576 per year. In general, those working in urban areas or hospitals make more money than those working in rural areas or private practices.

Work location

Hospitals tend to pay more than private practices because a larger number of patients visit hospitals. However, phlebotomists in private practice tend to have more personal contact with each patient that they see, while phlebotomists working in hospitals may be too busy to spend personal time with each patient. Phlebotomists in metropolitan areas also tend to make more money, usually due to the higher cost of living in those areas.

Advancement opportunities

Although the starting salary is relatively low for phlebotomists, salaries tend to rise over time. Phlebotomists.net reports that phlebotomists may make up to £11 per hour, or £26,000 per year, after they gain several years' experience. A phlebotomist is more likely to get raises if she earns an associate or bachelor's degree, which often qualifies a phlebotomist for a supervisory position.

Job duties

Phlebotomists must put patients at ease before collecting blood samples. In addition people skills, phlebotomists must be able to locate and puncture the vein carefully, causing minimum pain and anxiety to patients. Most phlebotomists work with patients who need blood tests, but some phlebotomists collect blood from blood bank donors.

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