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Phlebotomists made a median salary of $29,730 in 2012, according to the BLS. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $42,600, while the lowest-paid earned $21,340 that year. About 40 percent of phlebotomists worked in general medical and surgical hospitals in 2012, while 26 percent worked in medical and diagnostic laboratories, 18 percent in other ambulatory health care services, and 9 percent in physicians’ offices. California pays phlebotomists the best: The best-paying cities for this occupation include Oakland, Stockton and Santa Barbara.

Job Salary Year
2004 $46,180.00
2006 $50,420.00
2008 $54,150.00
2010 $56,730.00
2012 $30,910.00

Average Phlebotomist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average annual salary of $30,910, phlebotomists make less than dental assistants, who have an average annual salary of $35,080, and clinical laboratory techs, who have an average salary of $39,340. Medical assistants earn a similar salary as phlebotomists, pulling in $30,550 in 2012. Nursing aides ($25,620) and pharmacy techs ($30,430) tend to earn less.

Job Name Salary
Clinical Laboratory Technician $37,240.00
Dental Assistant $34,500.00
Phlebotomist $29,730.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Pharmacy Technician $29,320.00
Nursing Aide $24,420.00

Best Paying Cities for Phlebotomists

The highest paid in the phlebotomist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Oakland, California, Stockton, California, and Santa Barbara, California. The Vallejo, California area also pays well, as does the city of Merced, California.

Oakland, California

Average Salary: $47,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a phlebotomist working in Oakland, California is $47,430, which is $17,700 more than the average pay in the profession.

Stockton, California

Average Salary: $46,920 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a phlebotomist working in Stockton, California is $46,920, which is $17,190 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Barbara, California

Average Salary: $45,350 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a phlebotomist working in Santa Barbara, California is $45,350, which is $15,620 more than the average pay in the profession.

Vallejo, California

Average Salary: $45,030 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a phlebotomist working in Vallejo, California is $45,030, which is $15,300 more than the average pay in the profession.

Merced, California

Average Salary: $43,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a phlebotomist working in Merced, California is $43,850, which is $14,120 more than the average pay in the profession.

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