How Much Does a Titer Test Cost?

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A titer test is used to determine the number of antibodies in the body, and these special antibodies are produced by the immune system to protect you in case you’re exposed to a disease.  This test will be ordered to show an individual has had a vaccination for a disease or had the disease in the past.  Commonly, if a vaccination is unavailable, a school and/or medical center may require this test to prove your immunity.

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How much does a titer test cost?

The cost of a titer test will depend on what kind of test you want and where you get the test.  On average, a single test could cost as little as $35, while packaging the titer test with other tests could cost up to $300.  Refer to our table below to see the costs of the most popular titer tests available at local labs and doctor offices.

Type of Titer TestAverage Price (without insurance)
Hepatitis A$50
Hepatitis B$50
Hepatitis B, MMR & Varicella$200
Hepatitis C$50
Pertussis (Whopping Cough)$150
Tetanus Diphtheria$150

Titer test overview

A person needs a specific number of antibodies in the blood to be considered “immune” to a certain disease.  If the test levels are above a certain threshold, then you will be considered to have immunity or have already been exposed to the disease.  On the other hand, a negative test will indicate an individual has never been exposed to the disease.

All titer tests are not created equally since each test is designed to measure a specific disease.  Refer to the table above to see which disease immunity you can be tested for.

Where can I get a titer test done?  A titer test is a simple blood draw and can be done at a local lab, such as Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp, ordered online, at local hospitals, local health department, school health departments or at a local doctor’s office.  It’s important to call and set up an appointment to save your time in case the location doesn’t offer it.

What are the extra costs?

The price range mentioned above won’t include the doctor’s visit fee if you were to have a test done at your local doctor’s office.  If this were the case, you would want to add another $65 to $150 to the total, depending on the billing policy.

In the case of a negative result, a vaccination may be recommended.

Tips to know:

This test usually doesn’t require any special preparations or special requirements unless specified by your doctor.

How can I save money?

Buying a test online and having your blood drawn at a locally approved lab can often be the cheapest option. Compare two to three accredited labs online see what these labs have to offer and how much you can spend.  Most will list their prices on their pricing page.

Bundling your titer test with other tests can bring the costs down by more than 50 percent.  If you know you want to be tested for more than one disease, this may be the most cost-effective method.

If you’re a college student, check with your school’s health center to see if the tests are offered at a discount.

According to some, your school insurance, if you have a policy through your college, may cover a portion or even the entire bill.

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Average Reported Cost: $938.4

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. victor taylor (lockport,  Illinois) paid $89 and said:


    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. S (St. Petersburg,  Florida) paid $268 and said:

    Medicare doesn’t pay for this test, nor my supplemental insurance. This test costs way too much.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Joel (Austin,  Texas) paid $1800 and said:

    Insurance won’t cover it

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Meera (Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania) paid $135 and said:

    I ordered the MMR titer, Hep B and Varicella for my nursing program from an online site. They even gave a 10% discount and the total cost was 135.00 for all titers. Everywhere I looked test was about $200 like the site says but prices were cheaper on this site. Was a little nervous at first but everything worked out fine. Every little bit helps right. If you need titers or blood test I found out insurance doesn’t normally cover the cost.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Mr, R. (Cambridge,  Ohio) paid $2400 and said:

    I checked locally and the quote was absolutely ABSURD= over $2400. for a multi titer test for MMR -Hep and Varicella. I refused naturally as this area is known for price gouging patients. Insurance would not cover anything so the local site went way overboard for pure greed and profit. Going elsewhere for ANYTHING in the future.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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