There are over 400 licensed plasma collection centers located in the United States. Some of these organizations are national, while others are specific to certain regions of the US. This article will help you find a nearby plasma donation center through one of the major organizations detailed below. If you’re wondering, “Where’s a plasma center near me?” we have you covered. Besides helping you find where to donate plasma for money, we’ll also let you know where you can donate plasma for the most money.

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What to Expect When Donating Plasma

Donating plasma can be rewarding, not just emotionally, but financially as well. By donating your plasma, you can potentially save lives. Plasma donation centers compensate donors for their time — usually about 90 minutes. If you’re considering donating plasma, you must be at least 18 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 lbs, and be in general good health.

Some plasma donation centers require you to make an appointment, while others take walk-ins. These policies vary per donation center, so contact your nearest center to find out what arrangements need to be made before your donation. By law, you can’t donate money more than twice in a seven day period.

Once you arrive, you’ll follow these steps:

  1. Someone will greet you and check your identification. Most donation centers ask for a current photo I.D., a Social Security number, and proof of your local address. (Inquire before your visit to be sure, as requirements may vary.)
  2. You may receive a physical examination if it is your first visit.
  3. A technician will take a blood sample from your finger.
  4. You’ll complete a donor history questionnaire.
  5. A technician will prepare your arm by wiping it with antiseptic. Then they will insert the needle and start drawing blood from your arm.
  6. While the blood is being drawn, plasma is separated from the rest of the blood components. Red blood cells will be returned to your body. The whole process takes roughly two hours for the first visit and approximately an hour and a half for subsequent visits.
  7. Upon completing your donation, you’ll typically receive some form of compensation for your time. Each plasma collection facility sets its own compensation rates, so you may receive more compensation from one collection center than you would at another.

There are very few side effects to donating plasma, but the ones that occur are usually related to dehydration — be sure to drink plenty of water before and after donating.

Where to Donate Plasma

Nationwide Plasma Donation Centers

1. BioLife Plasma Services

2. GRIFOLS

GRIFOLS has approximately 150 plasma donation centers across the United States. GRIFOLS is affiliated with three companies: Biomat USA, PlasmaCare, and Talecris Plasma Resources. A GRIFOLS donation center may be identified by any of these names.

3. Biotest Plasma

4. CSL Plasma

5. Interstate Blood Bank, Inc.

6. Octapharma Plasma

  • How much money can you make?  Typically $75 each for your first three donations. The fourth, fifth, and sixth donations are compensated with $50 each. Subsequent donations are based on your weight. For subsequent donations
    • if you weigh 110-175 pounds: $20 for the first donation of the week, $15 for the second.
    • If you weigh more than 175: $25 for the first donation of the week, $15 for the second.
  • Compensation method: Prepaid debit card. You can also win prizes or make even more money through donor promotions and bonuses throughout the year.
  • Source: Octopharma Plasma — Donor Information
  • Find your nearest Octapharma Plasma

Plasma Donation Centers on the East Coast

7. New York Blood Center

  • How much money can you make?  75 Advantage points per donation, which equals approximately $3.13 gift card credit. Once you have 600 points, you can get a $25 gift card (available for Barnes and Noble, Macy’s, AMC, and other stores) is available for 600 points. If you reach 1,200 points, you can get a $50 get card.
  • Compensation method: Donor Advantage program, which lets you redeem  Advantage points for a wide variety of gifts or gift cards. The Donor Advantage program requires one donation attempt every 13 months in order to keep points active.
  • Other types of donations: Whole blood, platelets, and automated red blood cells.
  • Are non-plasma donations compensated? Yes, all types of donations are compensated via the Donor Advantage Program.
    • Whole blood donors are given 50 points if they donate through a blood drive and 75 points if they donate at a donation center.
    • Automated red blood cell donors are given 150 points if they donate through a blood drive and 175 points if they donate at a donation center.
    • Platelet donors are given 125 points for a single platelet donation, although donors earn an additional 100 points if they donate on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and 50 additional points if they donate on a Friday.
  • Source: New York Blood Center — Become a Donor
  • Find your nearest New York Blood Center

8. B Positive National Blood Services 

Plasma Donation Centers on the West Coast

9. BloodSource

  • How much money can you make? 500 points for a standard donation and 1,000 points for every sixth donation. BloodSource does not provide any information about how rewards points correlate to earning these gifts, as this may vary based on promotions.
  • Compensation method: BloodSource Rewards, which allows you to exchange reward points for apparel, electronics, Amazon gift cards, and more.
  • Other types of donations: Platelets and whole blood.
  • Are non-plasma donations compensated? Yes, via the BloodSource Rewards program. Rewards are dependent on the frequency and type of donation. 
  • Source: BloodSource — Donate Blood
  • Find your nearest BloodSource

Plasma Donation Centers in the South

10. BPL Plasma

Note: While BPL Plasma does have a few locations in the Midwest and on the East Coast, the organization’s donation centers are primarily located in the South.

  • How much money can you make? Up to $250 for your first five donations. After that, compensation varies and is primarily dependent upon how much of a demand there is for plasma at the time.
  • Compensation method: Varies by location
  • Source: BPL Plasma — New Donors
  • Find your nearest BPL Plasma

11. OneBlood (Florida)

  • How much money can you make? Varies by location and current promotions.
  • Compensation method: Gift cards that vary in amount depending on the current promotion.
    • Oneblood also provides a Milestone program, which gives you gifts and rewards once you reach certain milestone markers such as one gallon donated, five gallons donated, etc. Gifts include apparel and other Oneblood merchandise.
  • Other types of donations: Whole blood, double red cell, and platelets.
  • Are non-plasma donations compensated? Yes.
  • Source: OneBlood — About Donating
  • Find your nearest OneBlood

Plasma Donation Centers in the Midwest

12. LifeSource

  • How much money can you make? 150 BL Rewards points per donation. 850 points can be redeemed for a $15 Visa prepaid card, while 1,350 points can be redeemed for a $25 Visa prepaid card.
  • Compensation method: Points that you can redeem through the Online Store.
  • Other types of donations: Whole blood, double red cell, and platelets.
  • Are non-plasma donations compensated? 100 points for whole blood, 250 points for double red cells, and 250 points for platelets.
  • Source: LifeSource — Donate Blood
  • Find your nearest LifeSource

In Summary

While there are a variety of plasma donation centers around the country, each of them compensates donors differently. The centers that pay the most are those that have locations around the country, as opposed to the regional centers. Regional organizations tend to avoid cash compensation, instead relying on gifts or gift cards to compensate their donors. Make sure you ask questions about the compensation process before donating so you know what you’ll have in hand when you leave the donation center.