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Cardiovascular Technologist Salary

How Much do Cardiovascular Technologists Earn in 2020?

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Cardiovascular technologists works 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.

Not only can a career in cardiovascular technology be fulfilling, but it also compensates well. According to the most recents stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median cardiovascular technologist salary is $55,570 per year.

In 2018, the BLS reported over 54,000 people were employed as cardiovascular technicians and technologists with a projected growth of 30.4% through to 2022.  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.

Lowest 10% Median Top 10%
$28,680 $55,270 $90,760

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017 Data, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm

How Much Does a Cardiovascular Technologist Make an Hour?

The average wage for a cardiovascular tech is $26.57 per hour.

How Can You Increase Your Salary as a Cardiovascular Tech?

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.

Generally higher education and continuous professional development coupled with several years experience in the field may make you eligible for higher ranking positions including manager/director/supervisor, researcher, educator, consultant and medical equipment sales jobs.
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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 can equate 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 Contributing Factors

  • 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 the District of Columbia made the highest mean annual salary. Working in a major metropolitan area also influences income.
  • 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 Salary for Cardiovascular Technicians

State Mean Annual Salary
Washington D.C. $79,960
Massachusetts $77,500
New Jersey $75,330
Connecticut $73,900
California $72,750

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey


Table 2: Highest Paying Employers for Cardiovascular Tech’s 

Career Mean Annual Salary
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $77,520
Outpatient Care Centers $66,540
Colleges and Universities $62,070
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $60,410
Offices of Physicians $58,860

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

Employer/Industry Mean Annual Salary
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $77,660
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $73,200
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians $60,320
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $57,520
Surgical Technologist $48,060
Medical Assistants $33,580

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey
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