Medical Phlebotomist Salary
Job Description for Medical Phlebotomist
Central in the duties of the medical phlebotomist is the collection of blood samples from patients. These duties may involve the taking of samples of blood from newborn babies and their mothers on the maternity floor. Duties also could be taking samples from the elderly and young adults. The interaction with new people on a day to day basis requires extraordinary patience and a sense of empathy with the patients that you deal with.Read More...
Another duty is making the decision about what the best method is to withdraw the blood samples, considering the age and the health of your patient. Duties include the practicing of correct infection control procedures with all patients. It is required that the Medical Phlebotomist practice the proper procedures of patient identifications at all times, especially when working on the floors of a hospital. Another duty is making certain of labeling vials with the correct patient names and dates. Responsibilities also include keeping your phlebotomy cart and/or station well-organized at all times. Most of the time, the Medical Phlebotomist is also responsible for bringing all blood samples to the laboratory. The responsibilities may include the need to centrifuge blood samples, depending on the guidelines given.
At least a high school diploma is usually required for this position. A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field is often preferred.
Medical Phlebotomist Tasks
- Draw blood from patients or blood donors for medical testing.
- Prepare and process blood tests.
Common Career Paths for Medical Phlebotomist
Medical Phlebotomists who advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $84K per year. The most common promotion for Medical Phlebotomists is a Phlebotomist position, which usually brings in $29K a year. Another standard transition for Medical Phlebotomists seeking advancement is to assume a Registered Nurse role, where pay is often $56K.
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Popular Skills for Medical Phlebotomist
Medical Phlebotomists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Data Entry, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Data Entry.
Pay by Experience Level for Medical Phlebotomist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. Medical Phlebotomists see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Medical Phlebotomists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $37K.
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