By donating blood plasma, you can earn some extra cash and also help people with certain blood disorders.
To encourage donations, Interstate Blood Bank is one of many blood plasma donation centers that compensate their donors. If you’re willing to sit in a chair for a couple of hours (with a needle in one arm and a book, phone, or another entertainment device in the other), Interstate Blood Bank will pay you for your donation.
So sit back, relax, and stay with us as we tell you what you need to know about donating blood plasma at Interstate Blood Bank, including how much you’ll be compensated.
What Is Interstate Blood Bank?
Interstate Blood Bank is a network of eight whole blood centers, 22 plasmapheresis centers, and a laboratory that works to treat blood disorders, illness, and injury by collecting plasma donations. When you donate plasma, Interstate Blood Bank provides it to diagnostic industries and uses it to treat individuals with serious blood disorders like hemophilia and immune deficiencies.
Where Does Interstate Blood Bank Operate?
Interstate Blood Bank is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with centers in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
What is the Donation Process at Interstate Blood Bank?
To become a donor, you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, weigh at least 110 pounds (see where you can weigh yourself for free), and be in good health. When you go to your donation appointment, you must bring:
- An official state or government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport)
- Official social security card or an ID showing your full social security number
- Proof of your date of birth
- Proof of your current address (such as a bill mailed to you within the last 30 days)
You must also pass a short, pre-donation screening before you are able to donate plasma. You will need to do this screening every time you make a new donation appointment. During the screening, a technician will take your medical history and check your vital signs including:
- Blood pressure
The technician will also draw blood from your fingertip to measure your protein levels and determine how much of your blood volume is occupied by red blood cells. This is done to ensure it is safe for you to donate. If you are a first-time donor, you will also need to have a brief physical examination by the on-site medical staff.
Once you pass the pre-donation screening and are cleared to donate, you will be connected to the plasma collection device and begin your donation. On your first visit, you can expect to spend about two hours at the donation center. For return visits, you can expect to be there for about an hour and a half.
How Much Does Interstate Blood Bank Pay for Plasma?
Payment for blood plasma donation varies depending on the location of your donation center and how much you weigh (the more you weigh, the more plasma they can collect and the more money you will make). You can expect to be paid between $30 to 50 for your first two donations, and payments for additional donations will vary based on your weight. It’s always a good idea to call your local Interstate Blood Bank donation center to verify how much you can expect to be paid for donating.
Depending upon location, you will be paid either in cash or via a donor card at the end of your appointment. Donor cards can be used like a debit card to make purchases or take cash withdrawals.
There are a number of other companies that run plasma donation centers, some operating nationwide. See the complete list, including details about compensation rates, eligibility, and more, in our research on where to donate plasma for money.