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These Are The 10 States With The Highest Phlebotomist Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do phlebotomists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for phlebotomists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for phlebotomists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for phlebotomists after this adjustment? That would be Phlebotomists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. Minnesota
  3. Delaware
  4. Wyoming
  5. Nevada
  6. Kansas
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Washington
  9. Colorado
  10. Texas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for phlebotomists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $41360, so our index value would be:

$41,360 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,434

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for phlebotomists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Phlebotomist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $37,515 $35,490 94.6
2 Minnesota $36,081 $36,370 100.8
3 Delaware $35,562 $36,060 101.4
4 Wyoming $35,403 $32,500 91.8
5 Nevada $35,343 $36,510 103.3
6 Kansas $35,305 $31,740 89.9
7 Wisconsin $35,216 $34,090 96.8
8 Washington $35,066 $36,890 105.2
9 Colorado $34,903 $36,230 103.8
10 Texas $34,707 $31,480 90.7
11 Indiana $34,111 $30,530 89.5
12 Ohio $34,072 $31,960 93.8
13 Nebraska $33,744 $30,910 91.6
14 Michigan $33,685 $29,980 89.0
15 Pennsylvania $33,658 $34,130 101.4
16 Georgia $33,533 $30,650 91.4
17 Idaho $33,387 $30,750 92.1
18 Oklahoma $33,116 $29,540 89.2
19 Missouri $33,019 $29,850 90.4
20 Virginia $32,896 $33,160 100.8
21 New Hampshire $32,589 $38,130 117.0
22 Kentucky $32,585 $29,490 90.5
23 Iowa $32,571 $29,640 91.0
24 Mississippi $32,549 $27,960 85.9
25 Rhode Island $32,444 $39,160 120.7
26 Montana $32,321 $32,580 100.8
27 Arkansas $32,043 $27,910 87.1
28 North Carolina $31,874 $29,930 93.9
29 Oregon $31,756 $36,710 115.6
30 Tennessee $31,722 $28,360 89.4
31 Alabama $31,557 $28,780 91.2
32 West Virginia $31,423 $29,350 93.4
33 Arizona $31,244 $30,620 98.0
34 Alaska $31,022 $40,670 131.1
35 New Jersey $30,705 $37,430 121.9
36 Connecticut $30,626 $39,110 127.7
37 Florida $30,620 $30,100 98.3
38 Louisiana $30,548 $28,960 94.8
39 California $30,434 $41,360 135.9
40 Maryland $30,326 $38,060 125.5
41 Utah $30,322 $28,200 93.0
42 Massachusetts $29,182 $38,930 133.4
43 New Mexico $29,170 $28,150 96.5
44 New York $28,938 $37,910 131.0
45 North Dakota $28,772 $28,600 99.4
46 Vermont $28,587 $34,620 121.1
47 South Carolina $28,417 $28,190 99.2
48 Maine $27,111 $30,040 110.8
49 South Dakota $26,615 $27,600 103.7
50 Hawaii $20,976 $35,220 167.9
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