How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay per Donation? Pay Rate Detailed

One of the most popular plasma donation centers is CSL Plasma. CSL pays donors for their plasma immediately after the donation using a prepaid debit card instead of cash or a check, and donors can also earn reward points with each donation, which can be exchanged for cash or for express passes to skip the donation line on busy days.

Your compensation, the time required for each appointment, requirements to be met in order to donate, and other factors will vary by plasma donation company (and also by location). For example, at CSL Plasma, all new donors will need to be between 18 to 65 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have had no tattoos or piercings within the previous year. During the first visit, new donors will be expected to undergo a screening which can take a few hours. For visits thereafter, the collection process takes roughly about an hour and a half.

Compensation Rates FAQ

How much does CSL Plasma pay? Eligible new donors can receive up to $400 a month by donating plasma, according to the CSL Plasma website. The breakdown of compensation information is not available on the CSL Plasma website, so we went to CSL Plasma directly to find out more about how much donors are paid for their plasma.

Regular donors can receive up to around $270 per month for their donations to CSL Plasma, not including additional bonuses (up to around $90) that may be available for completing all eight possible donations in a given month. The amount that CSL Plasma compensates you for your donation depends on the location you visit and your weight (see this article to find out where you can weigh yourself for free). To know how much your local CSL Plasma compensates new and existing donors, you can find your nearest location and give them a call.

How much does CSL Plasma pay per donation? Generally speaking, a donor will receive around $50 for each of their first five donations, which must be completed within a certain time period. This time period varies by location and can range from 21 to 45 days. They’ll earn around $250 within the initial donation period and then receive weight-based compensation thereafter. After the first five donations, a donor will receive $20 for their first donation in a given week, Monday through Sunday, and then an additional bonus for their second donation in a given week depending on their weight. The second donation of plasma in a week is compensated with $25 for donors weighing 110 to 149 pounds, $40 for donors weighing 150 to 175 pounds, and $45 for donors weighing 176 pounds or more. While pay for the first donation in a given week varies by location, bonus pay based on weight for the second donation remains fairly stable from one CSL Plasma Donation Center to another.

Donors may also receive additional monetary bonuses depending on the month. Although these bonuses vary by location and by month, we learned that donors can generally earn up to an extra $85 to 90 per month if they donate eight times in a given month. Bonuses may be equally dispersed over the eight donations in a given month or may only be offered in a lump sum at the eighth and final donation.

How Do You Get Paid?

We learned that donors will receive immediate monetary payment following their donation by being given a pre-paid Visa Debit Card. As a recurrent donor, you can easily reload your CSL Plasma card and benefit from bonuses that vary each month. Check out our article: How to Check Your CSL Plasma Card Balance or Get a Replacement. CSL Plasma also offers an iGive Rewards program. Donors receive points for every successful donation that can be redeemed for Fast Cash and Express Passes (front-of-the-line access on busy days at CSL Plasma). Extra incentives may be added throughout the year, so donors will want to keep track of their points and look at the website frequently. The more frequently a person donates, the higher ranked they are, which means that better rewards will be available to them. Low-level bonuses include Express Passes and Fast Cash, and high-level rewards may include electronics, such as headphones. In addition to receiving points for donating, donors can also earn additional points by completing surveys and through other special promotions and offers.

How Often Can You Donate Plasma?

According to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration’s regulations, a person can only donate plasma once in a two-day period, and no more than twice within a week. This means that the maximum number of donations possible in a week is two, which works out to a total of about eight possible donations in a given month. All plasma centers in the United States must comply with these limitations on donation frequency. Other than the weekly limit, there is no restriction on how long a person can donate plasma twice a week. However, we recommend talking to a doctor or the plasma donation center if you have concerns regarding that.

CSL requires that you be between the ages of 18 and 65, weigh at least 110 pounds, have valid ID, a permanent address, and have had no tattoos or piercings in the last twelve months.

Where Are CSL Plasma Centers Located?

CSL Plasma Centers are located in states across the country, including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Remember that there are other plasma donation center companies to consider too. See our article: Plasma Center near Me: Where to Donate Plasma for Money.

If you’re looking for the highest paying plasma donation center near you, remember that your compensation will be based on your weight, whether or not you’ve donated previously, and the particular location you choose to donate to for each company. See our article: Highest Paying Plasma Donation Center near Me? Here’s Where to Go.

In Summary

Because the number of donations that an individual is able to give in a month is regulated by U.S. law, not by each donation center itself, there is a cap on the number of times that donors can give plasma, and therefore, on the total amount of compensation they can expect to receive. Want more information? Find out what it’s like to donate plasma and how to get paid the most — see our article: How to Donate Blood (Plasma) for Money and Earn $500 per Month.

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  • Melinda Gross says:

    Hello,,,I’ve been donating at CSL PLASMA for about 3 months now and have never received a bonus,,,,, how can I receive the bonus the keep offering when they space ur donating time out further an further?

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      Hi Melinda,

      Not all centers offer the same bonuses, or any bonuses at all. You’ll have to talk to the center you’re donating with to see whether they offer any, and what you would have to do to qualify for them. As for the higher pay out for a second weekly donation, a scheduling delay at your center could certainly prevent you from receiving that bonus. However, that payment might not necessarily show up as a bonus. Its simply that your second donation in one week pays more than the first. Again though, the specifics of payment plans are different at different centers, so you’ll have to ask them why they have this scheduling delay.

    • Lesliedian says:

      I started donating at CSL plasma in Hazel Crest, IL in Au,gust and they have offered bonuses every month. Like in September they offered a $80 Bonus on your 8th donation of the month. So my total donations earned me $385 for September. Not sure what u mean by saying they space your donations further apart. You can donate twice a week with one day in between donations. I usually go Wednesday and Friday….so for the month of October there are 8 possible chances to donate. This month they are offering a $20 bonus for your 6th, 7th, and 8th donations of the month. So it pays to donate regularly. You would know if the center u go to was offering a bonus because the signs are posted at the vitals check point. Hop this helps

  • Lesliedian says:

    Thanks for the info. I made $270 in the month of August

    donating plasma at CSL outside of Chicago.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      Hi Lesliedian,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with future readers, and glad our article was helpful!

  • Angry Concerned says:

    The workers at Octapharma Plasma in Moline, Illinois need to change their gloves between patients. They have many workers that go from one patient to many others without changing gloves. Cross contamination of blood likely to happen and is highly unacceptable.