Phlebotomists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
116k
Average Age
38.5
Estimated Job Growth
17.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$31,948
Average Male Salary
$36,163
Average Female Salary
$31,213

About

Phlebotomists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Phlebotomists was $31,948 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Phlebotomists by wage are Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Baggage porters, bellhops, & concierges, and File clerks.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Phlebotomists are Monroe County PUMA, PA, Columbus City (Northeast) PUMA, OH, and Muskegon County PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Phlebotomists are Hidalgo County (North & West) PUMA, TX, Columbus City (Northeast) PUMA, OH, and Cleveland City (East) & Bratenahl Village PUMA, OH.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Phlebotomists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Phlebotomists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Phlebotomists, by average wage, is Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals. Phlebotomists are paid most in Greece & Gates Towns PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Hidalgo County (North & West) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$31,948
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,583

In 2020, Phlebotomists earned an average of $31,948, $24,006 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Baggage porters, bellhops, & concierges make somewhat more than Phlebotomists while Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Phlebotomists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.261
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Phlebotomists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.261, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Phlebotomists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Phlebotomists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

116k
2020 Workforce
± 8,343
−1.89%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.4%

The number of people employed as Phlebotomists has been declining at a rate of −1.89%, from 117,787 people in 2019 to 115,559 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Phlebotomists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Phlebotomists at  42.6%, followed by Other health care services with 39.2% and Offices of physicians with 6.38%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Phlebotomists in the US. The average age of male Phlebotomists in the workforce is 37.6 and of female Phlebotomists is 38.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Phlebotomists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

17.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,217
98.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,699

85.1% of Phlebotomists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Phlebotomists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Phlebotomists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

50% of Phlebotomists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.3% of Phlebotomists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Phlebotomists.

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Age by Sex

37.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.46
38.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.989

The median age of Phlebotomists is 38.5, and Male employees are generally 1.07 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Phlebotomists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Phlebotomists is Health but a relatively high number of Phlebotomists hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Phlebotomists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Phlebotomists need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Phlebotomists need more than the average amount of Troubleshooting, Quality Control Analysis, and Equipment Selection.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Phlebotomists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Phlebotomists are expected to see a growth of 17.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

17.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Phlebotomists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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