California phlebotomists live in only one of two states, the other being Louisiana, where phlebotomists must be state licensed. The higher cost of living in California contributes to higher salaries for phlebotomists there than in many other states. The starting salaries for phlebotomists in California are typically higher, therefore, than other locations.
The median annual salary of a phlebotomist in the United States as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $36,280 per year, or $17.44 per hour. The 10th percentile earned up to $24,210 per year, or $11.64 per hour. The 25th percentile made up to $24,210 per year, or $13.92 per hour. The 75th percentile earned up to $45,690 per year, or $21.97 per hour. The 90th percentile earned at least $56,040 per year, or $26.94 per hour. New phlebotomists can expect to earn in the 10th to 25th percentile range.
The average salary of a phlebotomist in California as of May 2010, according to the BLS was $42,290 per year, or $20.33 per hour. The average salary in Los Angeles was $38,800 per year, or $18.66 per hour. The average salary in San Francisco was $51,030 per year, or $24.54 per hour. Phlebotomists in Santa Rosa earned an average annual salary of $42,440 per year, or $20.40 per hour.
New phlebotomists in the United States can expect to earn about $25,000 if they do not have any experience, according to PhlebotomyCertificationTips.com, at the time of this publication.
California Phlebotomist Salary
The salary range in California is between $27,414 and $41,267, according to HealthJobsStartHere.com. New phlebotomists can expect to earn around the $27,414 mark. According to JobDescriptions.net, a Kaiser Permanente phlebotomist can earn between $15.11 and $20.47 per hour in San Francisco. This city’s cost of living is known to be higher than many across the nation, so this accounts in large part for the higher starting salaries.