As of November 2010, the average annual phlebotomist salary was $29,048, ranging from a low of $23,418 to a high of $35,278, according to salary.com. For comparison purposes, the median medical assistant salary was only a little higher, at $29,902. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median hourly rate for phlebotomists in 2007 was $12.50 for hospitals and private clinics and $13.00 in physician office labs, based on figures published by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
The majority of phlebotomy jobs are in hospitals or medical laboratories, but there are opportunities in other healthcare facilities such as doctors' offices, clinics, urgent care centers, home healthcare agencies, organizations that sponsor blood drives, colleges, universities, and professional schools.
A phlebotomy technician job falls under the overall category of "Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians" according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau reports rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities for these workers because the number of job openings is expected to remain greater than the number of prospective workers.
The entire job category is expected to increase by 14% in the 10 years between 2008 and 2018, which is considered to be faster than average for all occupations. For phlebotomists, who fall under the subcategory of "Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians," the projected increase is actually 16% for the same 10-year period.
The number of phlebotomy jobs will certainly continue to grow as new types of laboratory tests are developed, as more employers require drug screening, and as the population as a whole continues to expand. All of which means the average phlebotomist salary should continue to go up for the foreseeable future.