Phlebotomists are specialized laboratory technicians who collect blood samples from patients. Phlebotomist supervisors do much the same work, but their primary job is to coordinate the work of all the phlebotomists on staff. As managers, phlebotomist supervisors earn more than general phlebotomists, but pay varies significantly based on geography and the sector in which the phlebotomist supervisor works.
The average salary for a phlebotomist supervisor was $47,000 in 2011, according to the Phlebotomy Certification Center website. This is about the same as $22.59 per hour, assuming a standard 40-hour week. However, another source, the SimplyHired website, indicates the average was $30,000 as of 2011. Indeed quotes a higher figure for 2011 of $34,000. These figures equate to roughly $14.42 and $16.35 an hour, respectively. AlliedHealthWorld asserts that, as of 2010, phlebotomist supervisors made $2 to $4 more than general phlebotomists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Society for Clinical Pathology set the average for phlebotomists between $12.50 and $13.00 in 2007. This suggests that the Phlebotomist Certification Center's figure may be a little high, as the Indeed, Salary and bureau data are all roughly consistent. However, PayScale does show that pay was up to $20 in May 2011 for phlebotomists with extensive experience, and supervisors would fall into this category.
Pay by Sector
Pay for phlebotomists is lowest in private facilities -- these employers paid $10.50 to $14.30 an hour in 2011, according to the Phlebotomy Training Guide website. The highest pay was in state and government agencies, where pay was up to $16. The Phlebotomy Training Center claims that phlebotomists in specialized labs made $18 per hour in 2011. Assuming an extra $2 to $4 for those at the supervisor level, as suggested by AlliedHealthWorld, pay for phlebotomy supervisors appears to range from $12.50 to $22 as of 2011, depending on where the phlebotomist supervisor is employed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies phlebotomists as clinical laboratory technicians. The bureau shows that, in this category for 2010, the best pay for phlebotomists was found in Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware and Alaska. Salaries in these regions ranged from $44,520 to $59,510. The lowest pay was in Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Alabama. Salaries ranged from $23,530 to $33,100 in these states.
Comparison to All Technicians
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that salaries for all clinical laboratory technicians averaged $38,190 in 2010. The $12.50 to $13 per hour figures from the American Society for Clinical Pathology translate to an average yearly salary for phlebtomists of $26,000 to $27,000. Technicians in the 10th percentile made $24,210 as of 2010, while those in the 25th percentile made $28,950. General phlebotomists fall somewhere between the 10th and 25th percentile for the clinical laboratory technician category. Phlebotomist supervisors, by contrast, appear to be anywhere within the 25th to 75th percentiles, as pay in these percentiles was $28,950 and $45,690, respectively. Most supervisors probably fall close to the average for all technicians.
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Job Description of a Phlebotomy Supervisor
Phlebotomy supervisors oversee teams of phlebotomists, who are responsible for collecting blood samples. They belong to a class of medical professionals who...