Donate Plasma for Money -- Get Paid for Plasma
If you haven't already done so, you should seriously consider a trip to your local plasma center to donate plasma for money. In these difficult economic times, every penny counts, and what could be better than using the natural resources you have around you to earn a buck? We all know that the body is an amazing organism. The things we can accomplish each day by the sweat of our brows and the intelligence of our minds is astonishing. But now, in recent years, your body can produce an income in another way, donating plasma. In these tough financial times, it would be very foolish not to donate plasma for money. But before you go in to donate plasma for money, there are some things you should know, like where is my local plasma center, how much can I expect to get paid, how often can I donate plasma, etc. Once you have the answers to these questions, you can be off to get paid for plasma.
Finding a Center to Donate Plasma for Money
Search for an IQPP-certified plasma collection center for plasma donation. Here you can type in a city and limit the radius of results with more than 300 plasma collection centers in the United States.
Donate Plasma for Money
Finding Your Local Plasma Center
In our modern age of communication, finding your local plasma center is as easy as typing in your zip code. Though there are a number of ways to identify your local plasma center, the easiest and most legitimate website is run by Donating Plasma.org. The link provided above has the worldwide repository of plasma donation centers, and finding your local plasma center is as easy as typing in your zip code. There are over 300 plasma centers in the United States, so chances are, there's one either in or around your hometown. If not, it's good to know that now before you go and get all excited about donating plasma for money. So before you do anything else, type in your zip code and find out if there's a plasma center near you.
What Do I Get Paid For Plasma?
Before you consider taking time out of your day to donate plasma for money, it's important to ask the question what do I get paid for plasma? Now, you can't expect to make a career out of donating plasma for money, but still, if we're talking about using plasma to earn some extra cash on the side, it isn't really that feasible to spend half a day driving to your local plasma center, waiting in line, and donating plasma, all for 20 bucks right? It's important to know what you're getting yourself into before getting yourself into something that's ultimately going to be a disappointment. Each plasma center is different, and they have different modes of operation. Some plasma centers want you donate a few times before they'll start paying, others encourage free donation and don't really want to pay at all. The best thing you can do to figure out what you'll make from donating plasma is to call your local plasma center and ask them that question. And now that you have that handy link above, you should already know where your local plasma center is and have their phone number.
While you're on the phone with them, ask them what the requirements are for donating plasma, like how much you have to weigh, what forms of identification you'll need, and how many questions and questionnaires you'll have to fill out. Also ask them what the average wait time is between showing up and finally leaving. These questions are important because, you don't want to get yourself into something that's more than what you bargained for. For the other side of the story, a person's testimony of their experience donating plasma for money, the link below is good for anyone to read who's considering the idea.
Donating Plasma For Money
Hopefully by this point you have the information you need. Having a good experience donating plasma for money is all about knowing what you're getting yourself into. Most people think that donating plasma is a quick in and out, and then are disappointed and even angry when over half their day is taken up waiting in lines and answering questionnaires. Donating plasma for money is a really good thing, it helps your fellow man. Just know what to expect before you do it. That's my only tip. Thanks for reading and happy donating!
Mind Over Matter on November 21, 2017:
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monicamelendez from Salt Lake City on August 01, 2012:
I did this a lot back in the day. I'm glad I don't have to any more. I'll admit it felt a little weird.
abraham villalobos on July 23, 2012:
im from mexico and i want to know if there's a place to sale blood of plasma can you send me an email please firstname.lastname@example.org
Vijay Chaoudhary on July 07, 2012:
I want to sell my blood plasma or any part of my body for money.
I m a healthy 23 old punjabi boy live in Delhi & my blood group is O+ve. if any one is intersted so pls contact me on my maid id. email@example.com
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 08, 2012:
Wow, that's a horror story for sure. I've not heard of that happening before. That's good advice though. Definitely be aware of what you're hooked into.
Joseph Kibbe on March 08, 2012:
Ive just started donating plasma a few months ago, very clean facility and all the staff seem professional, and the donor must have an address that's not a shelter, and it must be verified, so I felt safe, until this morning.
The machine broke, and I almost bled to death. The staff panicked, and didn't know what to do until a nurse ran in.
I starting passing out as I was watching my blood filling up the plasma bottle. The machine started smoking.
Its been 7 hours, my chest still hurts, still dizzy and sick, and thoughts are fuzzy. And to top it off, I got paid $20 and deferred for 2 months.
But after this morning, I could never do that again. So if you do, at least, pay attention to that machine at all times, and if u have questions or concerns, bring them up! My advice.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 06, 2012:
Theresa, thanks for sharing! That's a great source of income. And you're very right, donating puts a little bit of extra strain on the body, so donating while you're sick can cause you to get a bit sicker. Thanks for the tips.
Theresa in Kansas on March 04, 2012:
I have donated off and on for years. I have been donating twice a week for about 6 months. I had to stop once when I got a bad cold, and am currently not well due to sore throat, cough, and asthma symptoms. I thought it was just allergies, but donated 2 days ago and became much worse. So...when not feeling well don't donate! When I am well, it is $250.00 a month I can definitely use.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on February 06, 2012:
Thanks for the tips, those are great. I don't know how comfortable I feel about plasma being irradiated though. That seems pretty extreme.
Nurse on February 05, 2012:
I have given plasma and IRS products to patients for years. It saves lives! Check the place out thoroughly before going and insist on hand washing etc. anyone can donate, even the homeless. The plasma is tested and irradiated to prevent the spread of illness. Be sure to drbk a lot of water and eat a lot of protein before and after donating. Always rise slowly from the chair to check for dizziness and take that snack and juice to help!
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on December 09, 2011:
Yeah, I've had the same thing happen to me as well. I went in to donate in the morning once, and I hadn't eaten a meal yet, just coffee. Man, was that a mistake. I had the exact same symptoms as you, but half way through the donation process. They had to stop and it was a wasted trip.
katonic on December 08, 2011:
I donated plasma for the first time a few days ago. It was an extremely clean facility and the screening process was thorough. I had to fill out paperwork about my lifestyle and then was verbally interviewed as well. Each person I cam into contact with changed gloves and washed their hands and also washed their desk tops and tables as well. My pulse was 104 and I they wouldn't let me donate until it dropped to 100 or below.
The only bad experience I had was after I donated and was getting ready to leave. I wasn't prepared at all for the reaction I had. As I was sitting waiting to be checked out I became extremely dizzy, hot, my vision blurred and my hearing became fuzzy. I felt like I was going to pass out and could barely speak. I tapped the lady next to me to find someone to help me. A nurse took me into a room and layed me down and put ice packs on my neck and a cold rag over my forehead. I almost vomited and had to go to the bathroom. They said it was probably because I hadn't eaten well and should have eaten more iron and drank more fluids.
I was just really frustrated because they didn't stress the iimportance of preparing for donation and how severe the reaction can be. I was scared to death and thought I was going to fall out. Other than that, the experience was fine. I am considering doing it again because I am healthy and can use the cash. And I will be better prepared next time.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on November 30, 2011:
Wow, that's scary but really good to know. I'm not sure whether to be more scared of donating plasma or receiving it :)
againsttheodds on November 30, 2011:
There is a screening process which from my experience is just to check you for recent tattoos or piercings and ask you if you have any diseases. Sometimes I believe they use the first sample to test and then after that actually utilize the plasma if everything is ok. They'll sometimes mail a postcard to your house where you have to get it to show that you aren't homeless but I've seen many people circumvent that and it really makes me question the quality of the plasma supply.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on November 30, 2011:
That is surprising. I would have thought that plasma centers have some kind of screening process. I still can't imagine what blood spurting is like. That's scary.
againsttheodds on November 30, 2011:
Yeah I would be very careful about donating plasma. I would say that the $20-$25 you are likely to get is not really worth the time and dangers. As the employee said there are many accidents and I have seen blood spurting all over before as well. Mix that with the surprising fact that in large cities it is amazing how many homeless people are giving plasma. It's kinda like going to the public library where if you weren't aware of the homelessness you might not notice all the street people in the place, but once you see then you're like wow half the shelter is in here.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on November 26, 2011:
Wow, thanks so much for sharing your expertise. That's really helpful. I had no idea that people had actually died while donating plasma. That's scary.
Plasma Donation Center Employee on November 26, 2011:
I worked for a plasma donation center for quite awhile. My job duties included setting up the machines and removing the needles. The insight I have to give would be to request the phleb to change their gloves before sticking you since we do not have to unless there is visible blood on them and yes that is legal. I would say that you should be aware regulations for plasma donation centers are much different than hospitals they are considered warehouses and standards for cleanliness are not what you would think. I have seen patients bleed out and the bed is meant to soak in bleach but often times techs will just wipe it off with vinegar and place a new client in it. I would consider that one of the most serious long term affects of plasma donation would be the build up of scar tissue. Consider if you are ever in a car accident and a paramedic is attempting to start an IV many a time it is much more difficult I always recommend using only one arm. I worked for a large well known plasma donation center. We were trained to think of the clients as cattle and sometimes words such as plasma prostitutes came up often. Another fun fact is that there is only a dr on site once a week to do paperwork we had an lpn and a paramedic that did all the physicals. People have died donating plasma but the company was never held accountable because if you read carefully what you sign its says we are not liable for anything including death. The phlebs are not certified they are trained internally after one week i was removing needles i believe that says something. Well that's my two cents I quit because I cant stand to see the way people were treated there I have never and will never donate plasma I have seen long term donator and many of them are withered.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on October 13, 2011:
Right on man. Thanks for that testimonial. Anyone who's interested in donating plasma for money ought to at least give it a shot. Like you said. It's easy money.
Andrew Markham on October 13, 2011:
I've been donating plasma for over a year and I can tell you there is no long term side affects other than the track records on your arm where the needle goes in. Other than that it takes me about 45 minutes, twice a week to get paid 60 dollars a week. Easiest money I have ever made.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on October 07, 2011:
Yeah, it can be difficult making money at donating. That's why I wanted to write this article, so people could know up front what they're dealing with. Plasma centers can be pretty stingy sometimes. Good luck with the job hunt though.
AVH from Citrus Heights, California on October 07, 2011:
This article is really informative. Thank you for posting it. :]
The only thing that didn't help was that I still cannot find anywhere near where I live that will compensate you for your plasma donations. I've searched far and wide, but I turn up nothing.
(I'm currently looking for a job and it's not panning out well, so it seemed like a good thing to help me start saving up. I recently graduated and am trying to get out of my parents' house, so any start to saving up would have been great.)
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on October 05, 2011:
Yeah, you better keep all your blood for now :) After that though, I hope it's profitable for you.
Teltrab on October 05, 2011:
Great article I'm a low budget college student great way to get some side cash. Unfortunately I'm in a wrist cast and need the blood to heal a broken bone
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on September 30, 2011:
Thanks Jackie. I hope you have a good experience and that it goes well for you. I'm not a huge fan of the needle myself, but once you do it a couple of times, the anxiety subsides. Best of luck!
Jackie on September 29, 2011:
I've never donated blood or plasma before because I've always been under weight or too scared of the needle but I've fallen on hard times now and ive been thinking of donating for money. This is an awesome article. Thanks for posting it!
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on September 25, 2011:
Awesome. Thanks very much for saying so. I hope you come back and share your experience for others who are thinking about donating.
M. Savage on September 25, 2011:
Thanks Benji, this article and the comments are a really great help, I've even bookmarked a few of the links x]
I've been looking for something to make a little bit of needed dollars, like a plan b, for a while now, and I'm gonna have to go with donating plasma after reading this.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on September 16, 2011:
I've always used the online plasma center locator. That's the only real way I know of.
Getthatdoe on September 16, 2011:
Thanks Benjimester, Could you give me other places to donate other than Seracare
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on September 07, 2011:
Wow, that's scary. I've never heard of something like that happening before.
travie on September 07, 2011:
I donated blood and while sitting beside this woman,her blood began to splatter everywhere. Idk the cause but I was through at that point
jabir ahmed on July 02, 2011:
im not understand how to get monney and where i donet blood
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 07, 2011:
Maritta, thanks so much for your awesome testimonial. It's great having the opinion of someone who donated plasma on a regular basis.
MarittaC from Utah, USA on May 06, 2011:
My husband and I both donated plasma twice a week for about a year before I quit: my blood pressure is naturally a little bit low (a nice gift from my mother), and often was too low for them to let me donate. Less frequently but still on occasion I would get "deferred" for having iron levels too low. It was depressing to need the money, and come to expect it, for gas or milk or diapers, and then have them unpredictably turn you away. I did get a bad stick once, but it healed and no big deal. Scar tissue on arm is minimal even with all the donations I did.
My husband, on the other hand, is an ideal plasma donor, and continued on for another year. It was an excellent way to have tax free spending cash - we usually were able to bring in $200-$225/month each, and once our center had a party for the donors where my husband won a GPS door prize!
The only single drawback is time: it takes 2-3 hours when the center's schedule is working properly, and when they are backed up, it can take 4 hours.
But nice hub, thanks for putting the info out there.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on February 28, 2011:
I hear ya. Donating blood is very important and it would be awesome if everyone did it for free. But in a culture as busy as ours, paying for it is a good incentive to get people out there.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on January 29, 2011:
I hear ya.
ahmar2 from Lahore on January 29, 2011:
Well if I were to make money then it would be my last option.Nice article though..
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on January 25, 2011:
TDizzle, thanks very much for your testimonial. It's great to hear from someone that used to donate often. I can see how scar tissue would build up from donating often. And I can definitely see how someone trying to knife you could put a downer on the whole idea. I'm glad you're okay.
tdizzle on January 25, 2011:
I used to donate all the time, twice a week for almost 2 years. The place I went to was $25 the first time you went, then in 1 week you could donate twice, once for $20 and the second or $25, although I have heard of places giving up to $55. As far as long term health effects, I did find myself getting mild colds like the sniffles more often, as long as you didn't look like you were dying, they really didn't care. I didn't mind until they screwed up sticking me, went right on thru the vein. Couldn't bend my arm, swelled up, bruised n everything for over a week. Im worried about built up scar tissue from doing it so much, so I haven't gone back. Then again, whole crackhead on a bad come down threatening me with a knife in the waiting room might also have had a lil something to do with me not going back...
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on January 24, 2011:
That's a great idea. I have a rare blood type as well and I always try and donate as much as possible. Thanks for stopping by!
MonaVieAileen from New York on January 23, 2011:
Great info to know. My blood type is rare and I would love to donate because I heard it's needed and this hub inspires me more to do so. Thank you for sharing this.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on December 16, 2010:
Thanks for sharing that! Donating plasma can definitely be life saving. And you get less and less afraid of the needle as time goes on.
GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on December 15, 2010:
Great Hub I'm also a plasma donor and it's worth the needle stick. I try to donate twice a week and even if there isn't money involved it's worth knowing that my plasma/blood can help save a life.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on October 08, 2010:
Yeah, I'd be interested in some averages myself, since it can change from place to place.
1337guy from Ohio USA on October 08, 2010:
Cool stuff! Although I'm very curious about the going rate for blood, I can't seem to find that anywhere.
Zafar Khan on September 25, 2010:
Want to donate blood to help for a great cause..
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on August 06, 2010:
I'm really not sure actually if there are side effects from regular donation. I suppose I should ask. That would be a good thing to know. Thanks very much for stopping by!
Frank Mansen from UK on August 06, 2010:
You guys are crazy! I don't think I could do that. Are there any long term side effects from regular donation as Im guessing most people who do this do it often.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on June 24, 2010:
Thanks Jeff. Those are some good links for people to check out.
Jeff Daniels on June 24, 2010:
You can actually even donate plasma if you are diagnosed with diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hepatitis A, Toxoplasmosis, and many others. The Plasma is used to develop diagnostic tests, and you are paid anywhere from $200 to $1000 every time you donate. Several options are below.
David Walli from Northern Minnesota on May 21, 2010:
This spring we tapped nineteen maple trees. It was kind of like giving plasma. Boiled the stuff down to get three quarts of maple syrup after collecting fifty gallons of sap. Just enough not to hurt the trees; although some people don't drill into a tree because they think it does hurt the trees :) Good hub.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 20, 2010:
Thanks Nicomp. Haha, the last time I gave blood was the first time I actually watched them put the needle in instead of turning my head.
nicomp really from Ohio, USA on May 20, 2010:
Great advice. I've been donating blood for years. The first time was scary and I still turn my head when they poke me. It's worth the inconvenience and a little needle stick.