Your 2016 Guide to Cardiovascular Tech Salaries
Not only is a career in cardiovascular technology fulfilling, but it also compensates well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median cardiovascular technologist salary was $54,880 as of May 2015*.
In 2015, the BLS reported over 51,000 people were employed as cardiovascular technicians and technologists with a projected growth of 30.4% through to 2022. The field was also named as one of the top 5 fastest growing medical imaging careers. Numerous factors play a role on cardiovascular technologist salary including education, experience, geographic location, specialization and credentials earned.
There’s nothing more rewarding then being able to detect a heart complication or disease early on, ultimately prolonging or saving the life of that patient; and cardiovascular technologists play an essential role in helping diagnose and even treating diseases associated with the heart and vascular system.
What’s the Starting Salary for a Cardiovascular Tech?
The following table compares what the bottom percentage of cardiovascular techs earn with the average and top percentage earners. Advanced education, certification, and job experience can help propel you to higher wages as you move on in your career.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 Data, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm
How to Increase Your Salary
Those who complete an Associates degree in Cardiovascular Technology (or a one year certificate program if they have prior healthcare education or experience) are eligible for entry-level positions. More and more cardiovascular tech schools are starting to offer Bachelor and even some Masters programs. These higher education programs allow cardiovascular techs to advance their career which equates to a higher salary. For example, according to Grossmont College in California, cardiovascular technologists made $50,000/year in 2009, whereas managers or directors of a cardiovascular department made between $75,000 and $100,000. Additionally, according to Washington State Human Resources, a vascular technologist earns within “range 55” ($44,448-58,320/year), whereas a vascular technologist supervisor earns within “range 63” ($54,156-71,064). Generally higher education and continuous professional development coupled with several years experience in the field will make you eligible for higher ranking positions including manager/director/supervisor, researcher, educator, consultant and medical equipment sales jobs.
Professional credentials can also earn you a higher cardiovascular technician salary. Some states and employers require certifications; other employers consider them an asset and thus they will give you a competitive advantage over applicants. Credentials can also potentially give you the opportunity to negotiate a higher cardiovascular technologist salary or they might demonstrate that you are an expert in a particular specialty, which equates to higher compensation. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) offer relevant certifications to cardiovascular technicians and technologists. For example, the ARDMS offers RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer) and RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) credentials; CCI offers several relevant credentials including CCT (Certified Cardiographic Technician), RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist), RVS (Registered Vascular Specialist) and RCS (Registered Cardiac Sonographer).
Other Factors Contributing to a Cardiovascular Technologist’s Salary
- Geographic Location: As you can see in Table 1, the state you work in influences cardiovascular technician salary. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), cardiovascular techs in Alaska made the highest mean annual salary in May, 2012. Working in a major metropolitan area also influences income. The BLS states that in May 2012, cardiovascular technicians working in Anchorage, AK; Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA; Stockbon, CA; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA; and Las Cruces, NM made the highest mean annual salaries.
- Workplace: An employer or place of work also influences cardiovascular technologist salary. As you can see by Table 2, specialized and private facilities tend to pay more than general hospitals, laboratories and educational institutions. According to the BLS, 75% of cardiovascular technologists work in general medical and surgical hospitals. With more experience, you could potentially move up to working for a higher-paying, private facility.
Table 1: States Paying the Highest Cardiovascular Technology Salary (May 2015)
|State||Mean Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia||$66,000|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey
Table 2: Highest Paying Industries for Cardiovascular Tech’s (May 2015)
|Career||Mean Annual Salary|
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners||$67,420|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$63,470|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$62,130|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm
Below you will find information on how cardiovascular technologist salary compares to other healthcare careers. Note that the mean annual salaries do not include advanced careers, i.e. a managerial position in a cardiovascular department.
Table 3: Cardiovascular Technician Salary Compared to Similar Careers (May 2015)
|Employer/Industry||Mean Annual Salary|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologists||$74,990|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||$68,530|
|Radiologic Technologists and Technicians||$56,670|
|Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||$54,880|
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey
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