How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay per Donation? Solved

Donating plasma is a great opportunity to serve others and even save lives. Knowing what you may earn can encourage you to donate and help you decide which donation center is right for you.

CSL Plasma’s donor compensation varies by the donation location and your weight.

Exterior of a CSL Plasma paid plasma donation center

You’ll usually earn around $30 to $50 for your first donation of the week and $45 to $65 for your second donation of the week at CSL Plasma.[1]

New donors generally receive a higher pay rate during their first month, earning anywhere from around $85 to $100 per donation.[1]

Below, I explain CSL Plasma’s donor payment policy, including how it pays donors, special rewards, and requirements.

How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay Per Donation?

The amount CSL Plasma will pay you per donation depends on which location you visit and how much you weigh.[1]

Variation in pay based on your weight is due to the fact that the less you weigh, the less plasma you can donate.[1]

CSL Plasma is among the highest-paying plasma donation centers.

I confirmed this information by reviewing CSL Plasma’s online documentation and contacting customer service representatives in Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Average Pay Rates

New donors at CSL Plasma generally receive around $85 to $100 for each donation during the first month, with potential earnings of over $700 for the month.[2][1]

After that, you can expect to earn about $30 to $50 for your first donation in a given week and $45 to $65 for your second donation, or around $300 to $460 per month.[1]

Note that you cannot donate plasma more than once in two days or twice in seven days.[3]

To find out more about the exact compensation rates in your area, contact your nearest donation center.

How Does CSL Plasma Pay Donors?

Donors receive payment immediately after each donation on a prepaid debit card.[1][4]

You’ll keep the same card throughout your time as a CSL Plasma donor; the donation center will reload the card each time you donate.[1][4]

For more on managing your card, see how to check your CSL Plasma card balance.

iGive Rewards

In addition to the standard donor pay, you can join the iGive Rewards program to earn loyalty points for each completed donation. You can redeem iGive Rewards points for cash, merchandise, and gift cards.[3][1]

The iGive Rewards program has four status levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.[1][4]

The more often you donate, the more points you’ll earn and the higher status you’ll achieve. Rewards increase in value for higher-status members.[1][4]

What Do You Need to Donate Plasma?

Tip: It’s a good idea to get a good night’s rest the night before you give plasma. You should also drink plenty of fluids and wear a comfortable shirt with sleeves that won’t get in the way while making your donation.[5][6]

CSL Plasma requires that donors submit to a health screening and meet the following criteria:[7]

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must weigh at least 110 pounds (Find where to weigh yourself for free.)
  • Must have valid identification and proof of a Social Security number
  • Must have a valid, permanent address with proof of residency
  • Must be in good health at the time of donation
  • Must have no new tattoos or piercings (within the last four months)

If you are ineligible to donate, CSL Plasma may temporarily or permanently defer you, meaning you will not be able to donate. [3]

Deferrals aren’t reversible, but if you receive a temporary deferral, you can go through the screening process again once it ends.[3]

For more information on the donation process, see how to donate plasma for money.


It’s a good idea to compare your local options before choosing the best plasma donation center for you.

To compare all of your options, see the list of the best plasma donation centers.


Do you need an appointment to donate at CSL Plasma Centers?

You’re typically not required to have an appointment to donate at a CSL Plasma Center; however, this may vary by location. You do have the option to make an appointment if you wish, though.[1]

Does CSL Plasma offer bonuses on a donor’s birthday?

No, CSL Plasma Centers generally does not offer a birthday bonus to donors.[1]

What are the different weight classes for CSL Plasma donors?

Your pay rate for donating at CSL Plasma Centers varies by whether you weigh 110 to 149 pounds or 150 to 400 pounds, with the higher weight class receiving higher pay.[1]

In Summary

CSL Plasma pays new donors between $85 to $100 per donation during their first month, while returning donors earn anywhere from $30 to $65 per donation, depending on their weight, the location, and whether it’s their first or second donation of the week.[1]

You will receive payment on a reloadable debit card after each donation, though you must be in good health and meet CSL’s other requirements to donate plasma at one of its centers.[1][4]

If you decide to donate at CSL Plasma, feel free to share how it went in the comments section below. You can also ask questions or engage with other users who have comments or concerns.


  • Melinda Gross

    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?

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      First Quarter Finance | Laura Bachmann

      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

      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

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

    donating plasma at CSL outside of Chicago.

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      First Quarter Finance | Laura Bachmann

      Hi Lesliedian,

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

  • Angry Concerned

    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.

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