Short Answer: CSL Plasma’s donor compensation rate varies by location, but is usually around $20 for your first donation of the week and $20 to $45 for your second donation of the week. Most regular donors earn about $270 per month, though it is possible to earn up to $400. Below, we detail CSL Plasma’s compensation rates and rewards, plus what you need to donate plasma.
How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay per Donation?
The amount that CSL Plasma will pay you per donation will depend on which location you visit, customer service representatives said. New donors receive around $50 for each of their first five donations, which they must complete within a specific period (anywhere from 21 to 45 days). After that, you can expect to earn about $20 for your first donation in a given week.
Payment for your second donation of the week will vary based on your weight. Exact rates may vary by location, but were fairly steady among the donation centers we contacted: $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.
CSL Plasma has donation centers in 41 states; to find out more about compensation rates in your area, find your nearest location. We confirmed this information by viewing prospective donor information on the CSL Plasma website and contacting donation centers in California, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, and Texas.
How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay per Month?
While it is possible to make up to $400 per month, the average donor earns up to about $270 per month for their donations, representatives told us.
You can earn more than the average by taking advantage of bonuses if your location offers them; for example, some centers offer a $10 bonus for new donors or around $80 to $90 for donors who make eight donations within one month. The donation center may divide this bonus between several visits or pay it in a lump sum after your eighth visit.
Note that you cannot donate plasma more than once in two days or twice in seven days. This means that the maximum number of donations possible in a week is two, with 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.
How Does CSL Plasma Pay Donors?
Donors receive payment immediately after each donation on a prepaid debit card. You will keep the same card throughout your time as a CSL Plasma donor; the donation center will reload the card each time you donate. See our related research for information on how to check your CSL plasma card balance or get a replacement.
If you join the iGive Rewards program, you’ll earn loyalty points for each completed donation, in addition to the money you earn. You can redeem iGive Rewards points for cash, merchandise, gift cards, or fast passes (which allow you to skip the line on a busy donation day).
The iGive Rewards program has four status levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Membership levels are based on the number of times you donate within a calendar year (January through December). 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.
What Do You Need to Donate Plasma?
CSL Plasma requires that donors submit to a health screening and meet the following criteria:
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 65
- 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
- In good health at the time of donation
- No new tattoos or piercings within the last 12 months
If you are ineligible to donate, CSL Plasma may temporarily or permanently defer you, meaning you will not be able to donate. Permanent deferrals are not reversible, but if you receive a temporary deferral, you can get screened again once your deferral ends.
For more information on what to expect when donating plasma, see our related research on the plasma donation process.