Plasma centers draw blood from donors, separate the plasma from red blood cells and return these blood cells to the donor, according to the Red Cross. The remaining liquid, or plasma, transports nutrients, hormones and proteins throughout the body, which doctors use to help people with diseases and chronic conditions. Senior plasma center technicians are the ones who screen plasma donors and complete this process. If you can picture yourself drawing blood from people without getting queasy, you may enjoy working as a senior plasma center technician. Your salary will vary, depending on where you work in the United States.
Salary at $40,000
The average annual salary of a senior plasma center technician was $40,000 in 2014, according to the job site Indeed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies these technicians as "blood bank technologists" or "phlebotomists" under the broader category of medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians. While many medical and clinical laboratory technologists earn bachelor's degrees, phlebotomists typically complete classroom instruction and technical training, which may take up to two years. They must also become certified through American Medical Technologists or other related associations by passing an exam. You will also need one or more years of experience to become a senior plasma center technician, which is a grade level higher than a plasma center technician. Other essential qualifications for this job are attention to detail, physical stamina, dexterity and interpersonal skills.
Top Pay in State of New York
In 2014, senior plasma center technicians' salaries varied the most within the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries of $27,000 in Hawaii and the highest of $46,000 in California. If you worked as a senior plasma center technician in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., you would earn $35,000 or $48,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the South. In the Northeast, you would average $36,000 to $51,000 in Maine or New York, respectively. Senior plasma center technicians in the Midwest earned the most in Illinois and least in South Dakota at $46,000 and $31,000, respectively.
Earn More Than Most Phlebotomists
While senior plasma center technicians earned an average of $40,000 in 2014, plasma center technicians made an average of $38,000 the same year, according to Indeed. Senior plasma center technicians may earn their title through experience and a promotion, which is why they make more than other plasma center technicians. In comparison, phlebotomists, blood technicians who work in hospitals and medical labs, earned average salaries of $30,910 as of May 2012, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made more than $42,600 annually.
Excellent Career Outlook
The BLS estimates a 30 percent increase in employment for medical laboratory technicians, including all blood technicians, from 2012 to 2022, which is almost triple the 11 percent national rate for all occupations. Population increases among senior Americans, who are more likely to need surgical procedures, may increase jobs for all medical laboratory technicians.
- American Red Cross: Types of Donations
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians: Job Outlook
- Indeed: Senior Plasma Center Technician Salary
- Indeed: Plasma Center Technician Salary
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Occupational Employment Statistics: Phlebotomists
- Indeed: Senior Plasma Center Technician Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Senior Plasma Center Technician Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Senior Plasma Center Technician Salary in Louisiana, and Mississippi
- Indeed: Senior Plasma Center Technician Salary in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois
- Baxter: Biolife Plasma Services
- Baxter Healthcare: Sr. Plasma Center Technician
- American Medical Technologists: Phlebotomist
- AllAlliedHealthSchools: Profile Phlebotomist
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles: Children's Health Encyclopedia
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Do
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