Heart monitor techs, known as cardiovascular technologists and technicians, earned median salaries between $27,830 and $80,790 in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for these professionals, who use imaging equipment to help cardiologists diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel problems in patients, vary by industry and geographic region.
Salary and Qualifications
The median annual salary for cardiovascular technologists and technicians working in 2012 was $52,070, or $25.04 per hour, according to the BLS. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians must complete a two-year community college program or a four-year bachelor's degree program at a college or university. The two-year option is the most common, notes the BLS.
Pay by Industry
Median salaries for cardiovascular technologists and technicians vary by industry, says the BLS. In 2012, salaries ranged between $51,030 for those working at colleges, universities and professional schools, and $57,320 for those employed by physician offices. Other employers of cardiovascular technologists and technicians included hospitals, who paid a mean $52,060; medical and diagnostic laboratories, $54,130; and outpatient care centers, $56,300. Of these, hospitals employed the greatest number of cardiovascular technologists and technicians, with 38,520. This represented more than three times the combined number of employees working in the other four industries.
The state that paid the most for cardiovascular technologists and technicians in 2012 was Alaska, with a mean salary of $80,310, over $13,000 more than any other state. Second was Washington, with a mean salary of $66,920, followed by New Jersey, $66,640; Massachusetts, $66,050; and District of Columbia, $66,000.
Top-Paying Metropolitan Areas
In 2012, the top-three highest paying metropolitan areas for cardiovascular technologists and technicians were Anchorage, Alaska, with a mean salary of $82,480; Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts, $81,630; and Stockton, California, $78,030, reports the BLS. Other high-paying metropolitan areas included Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California, $75,080; Las Cruces, New Mexico; $72,760 and Medford, Oregon, $71,940.
Top-Paying Non-metropolitan Areas
The top-paying non-metropolitan regions for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was the north coast region of California, which paid a mean salary of $72,180, says the BLS. Other high-paying non-metropolitan areas included southern Oregon and Linn County, Oregon, $67,270; eastern Washington, $66,880; south-central Kentucky, $65,970; and western-central North Carolina, $59,330.
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