Short Answer: BioLife’s donor compensation varies by location but generally ranges between $20 and $50 per visit, and you can donate up to twice per week. Below, we detail the plasma donation requirements, process, and payment policy at BioLife Plasma Services.
How Much Does BioLife Pay for Plasma?
The exact amount BioLife pays for plasma donation varies by location, current promotions, and how often you donate. Compensation is typically about $20 for your first visit and $30 to $50 for your second visit within the week. (BioLife recognizes a week as being Monday through Thursday.) With two donations a week, that comes to around $200 to $280 per month. It’s best to contact your local BioLife donation center for specific compensation details for that location.
For additional plasma donation options, see our research on plasma donation centers near you and the highest-paying plasma donation centers. We also have the details on how much plasma donation pays at Interstate Blood Bank, CSL Plasma, Biotest Plasma Centers, KEDPLASMA, and Biomat USA.
BioLife pays donors with the BioLife Debit Card, a prepaid card you can use at any store that takes Mastercard. It isn’t a credit card, so you can’t charge more than the balance available on the card, but you can use it at an ATM to withdraw cash.
Checking Your Balance
Donors can check their BioLife Debit Card balance at the North Lane prepaid card account management portal. If you don’t yet have an account, you can register your card or enter the card number and security code to view a record of your transactions quickly. You can also call the number on the back of the card.
Are Earnings Taxable?
While BioLife and other plasma donation centers may not send a form for taxes, plasma donation compensation is considered taxable income and should be reported to the IRS. The easiest way to report these earnings is to list them under “Miscellaneous/Other Reportable Income” each year.
BioLife Plasma Services Donation Process
Donors at BioLife must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. (See our list of places where you can weigh yourself for free.) You should also feel well the day you plan to donate and be in generally good health.
Requirements and Steps
All donors will need to provide the following at check-in:
- A valid, government-issued photo ID
- Proof of address
- Proof of Social Security number, PRC, BCC, or Laser Visa Number.
You’ll also undergo a medical history interview and health screening. Donors who have consumed alcohol on the day of a planned donation, are taking certain antibiotics, have recently had certain vaccinations, or have certain medical conditions like arthritis may not be eligible to donate. Find more details in our related research on donating blood for money.
If you pass the medical history check and health screening, a phlebotomist will set you up to donate; the donation process takings about an hour. You’ll receive payment for your donation immediately at the end of the appointment.
Donating plasma is generally a low-risk procedure. You might feel weak after donating or feel some pain at the donation site; be sure to eat healthy foods, drink water, and rest well before and after your appointment. BioLife also recommends avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and fatty foods before and after donating.
- BioLife Plasma donation center representatives