Phlebotomists, also known as clinical technicians, draw blood from patients and perform basic laboratory tests. They typically earn an associate degree or certificate to qualify for clinical positions. Pennsylvania phlebotomists earned salaries in 2010 that were higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Pennsylvania phlebotomists earned an estimated average annual salary of $41,160, or $19.79 per hour, according to a 2010 salary survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average salary of a phlebotomist in the United States was $38,190 per year, or $18.36 per hour. The 25th percentile earned up to $28,950, and the 75th percentile earned up to $45,690. Pennsylvania phlebotomists averages ranked in the 75th percentile of national salaries.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
The average annual salary of a phlebotomist in Philadelphia was $45,020, or $21.65 per year as of May 2010, according to the report by the statistics bureau. In Pittsburgh, a phlebotomist earned an average annual salary of $35,480, or $17.06 per hour. The difference can, in part, be attributed to the difference in cost of living between the two cities. The cost of living in Philadelphia was 4.6 percent higher than the rest of the country, according to Sperling’s Best Places website, as of May 2011. Comparatively, the cost of living in Pittsburgh was 12.7 percent lower than the national average.
Harrisburg and Altoona
Employers in Harrisburg, a city of 47,418 as of July 2009 according to City-Data.com, paid phlebotomists an average annual salary of $35,660, or $17.14 per hour as of May 2011, according to the bureau. The average annual phlebotomist salary in Altoona, a city of 46,287 as of July 2009, was $38,750, or $18.63 per hour.