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Cardiovascular Technologist Salary

How Much do Cardiovascular Technologists Earn in 2020?

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Cardiovascular technologists work closely with physicians in a medical setting such as a hospital or doctor’s office. They perform or assist with procedures such as electrocardiograms or ultrasounds of the heart, and play an essential role in helping diagnose and even treating heart and vascular diseases.

In 2019, the BLS reported over 56,000 people were employed as cardiovascular technicians, with a projected growth of 7% through to 2028*.

Not only can a career in cardiovascular technology be fulfilling, but it also compensates well. According to the May 2019 stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual cardiovascular technologist salary is $57,720. Numerous factors play a role on cardiovascular technologist salary including education, experience, geographic location, specialization and credentials earned.

What’s the Starting Salary for a Cardiovascular Tech?

The following table compares what the bottom, average, and top percentage of what cardiovascular techs earn nationwide*.

Lowest 10% Median Top 10%
$29,710 $57,720 $94,370

 

Advanced education, certification, and job experience can help propel you to higher wages as you move on in your career.

How Much Does a Cardiovascular Technologist Make an Hour?

The average wage for a cardiovascular tech is $28.66 per hour*.

How Can You Increase Your Salary as a Cardiovascular Tech?

Education
An Associates degree in Cardiovascular Technology (or a one year certificate program if they have prior healthcare education or experience) makes you eligible for entry-level positions.

More cardiovascular tech schools are starting to offer Bachelors and even some Masters programs, which allow cardiovascular technologists to advance their career and increase their salary.

Typically, higher education and continuous professional development coupled with several years experience in the field may qualify you for higher ranking positions including manager/director/supervisor, researcher, educator, consultant, and medical equipment salesman.
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Certification
Professional credentials can also help you earn a higher cardiovascular technician salary. Some states and employers require certifications, while consider them an asset, which will give you a competitive advantage over other applicants.

Credentials can also potentially give you the opportunity to negotiate a higher cardiovascular technologist salary. They might also demonstrate that you are an expert in a particular specialty, which can equate to an increased compensation. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) offer relevant certifications to cardiovascular technicians and technologists.

Other Contributing Factors

  • Geographic Location: As you can see in Table 1 below, the state you work in influences cardiovascular technician salary. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), cardiovascular techs in the District of Columbia made the highest mean annual salary. Working in a major metropolitan area also influences income.
  • Workplace: The employer or place of work also influences cardiovascular technologist salary. Below, Table 2 shows that specialized and private facilities tend to pay more than general hospitals (where 75% of cardiovascular technologists work, according the the BLS), laboratories and educational institutions. With more experience, you could potentially move up to working for a higher-paying, private facility.

Additionally, Table 3 below will compare the cardiovascular technician salary to similar healthcare careers.

Table 1: States Paying the Highest Salary for Cardiovascular Technicians

State Mean Annual Salary
Oregon $81,410
District of Columbia $78,850
Rhode Island $78,620
New Jersey $78,030
California $76,630

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, May 2019)

Table 2: Highest Paying Employers for Cardiovascular Tech’s

Career Mean Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers $77,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $70,960
Offices of Physicians $62,380
Employment Services $59,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $58,500

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, May 2019)

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 2019*

Employer/Industry Median Annual Salary
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $77,950
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $74,320
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians $60,510
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $57,720
Surgical Technologist $48,300
Medical Assistants $34,800

 

*Conditions may vary in your area


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