As was pointed-out in our full-length article on phlebotomy salary, one of the greatest influences on phlebotomist pay is whether a person works in a city or rural area. Salaries, on average, are significantly higher in major metropolitan areas – particularly those in the nation’s most-populous states – but there are exceptions to this rule.
With this in mind, we’ve put together the following list of America’s top 10 cities for phlebotomist pay. You may be surprised by some of the names that appear…
Top 10 Cities in America for Phlebotomist Pay
The salary numbers used to compile this list were pulled from Salary.com’s September, 2012 data on phlebotomist pay for all major U.S. cities.
10. Chicago, IL – $31,632
Paying their phlebotomy technicians a median wage of $31,632 per year, healthcare employers in the Windy City offer the highest salaries of any metropolitan area in the Midwest. In fact, it’s not even close.
9. Seattle, WA – $32,139
Given the state of Washington’s massive investment into its health care system in 2012, it should come as no surprise to learn that phlebotomy pay in Seattle is among the highest in the nation. As of September, the median, annual salary paid to phlebotomists in the metropolitan area was $32,139.
8. Honolulu, HI – $32,615
Ranked as the 4th-healthiest state in America, the state of Hawaii places an extremely high priority on funding its healthcare system. The average phlebotomy tech salary in Honolulu reflects this, ranking 8th among the nation’s major cities at $32,615 per year.
7. Los Angeles, CA – $32,640
California’s healthcare system is not only the largest in the nation, but also one of the best-paying for its workers. It only stands to reason, then, that the state’s largest city appears on our list with an average phlebotomist pay of $32,640.
6. Washington, D.C. – $32,718
The first of several Northeastern cities to make the list, Washington D.C. is home to a number of cutting-edge medical facilities and some of the finest healthcare practitioners in the world. The metropolitan area’s phlebotomists are well-compensated as a result, earning an annual salary of $32,718.
5. Boston, MA – $32,895
Like Hawaii, Massachusetts has made a huge investment in its healthcare system over the past several years, and this is reflected in the salaries paid to employees. Phlebotomists in Boston rank 5th in the nation earning a median wage of $32,895.
4. Fairbanks, AK – $33,676
Perhaps the biggest surprise on this countdown is Fairbanks, Alaska. Despite the fact that it is the smallest metropolitan area, in the least-populated state, this city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness ranks fourth in phlebotomist pay at a robust $33,676 per year.
3. Newark, NJ – $34,391
The city of Newark’s rebirth in recent years has featured, among other things, a healthy reinvestment into its healthcare facilities. Phlebotomy technicians have benefited from this rebirth by earning a median salary of $34,391 per year – well above not only the national average, but the regional mean as well.
2. New York, NY – $34,702
America’s largest city is also home to one of its highest concentrations of medical and healthcare personnel. Despite this fact, many of the city’s healthcare facilities are understaffed. As a result, phlebotomy technicians (who earn an annual wage of $34,702) are one of many medical professions to benefit through higher pay.
In addition to having one of the highest costs of living of anywhere in the U.S., the San Francisco Bay Area also boasts one of the highest median incomes for its residents. This is particularly true in healthcare, where virtually all professionals are paid well above the national average.
In the case of San Francisco phlebotomists, who earn a median annual wage of $35,707, they are the best-paid of any city in America.
Something to Keep in Mind About These Rankings
So, there you have the top 10 cities in America for phlebotomist pay. Of course, it would be misleading to present this list and not point out the obvious fact that the salaries in these cities are, in most cases, higher due to the higher cost of living there. Keep that in mind before you decide to pack-up your belongings and move away in search of higher pay.