Vascular technologists use ultrasound equipment to produce images of a patient's blood vessels. Their work helps cardiologists and other physicians to make accurate diagnoses of patients who experience ailments related to their cardiovascular health. Most vascular technologists prepare for their career through a two-year program that results in an associate degree.
National Pay Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of May 2012 vascular technologists earned an average wage of $25.51 per hour and an average wage of $53,050 per year. Half of vascular imaging technologists reported incomes ranging from $36,940 to $67,520 per year, with 25 percent of all vascular technologists reporting lower incomes and the other 25 percent reporting higher incomes. The highest-paid 10 percent of vascular technologists earned $80,790 or more per year.
Pay by Employer
Three-fourths of vascular technologists were employed by general hospitals in 2012, earning an average of $52,060 per year. Those employed by medical and diagnostic laboratories reported a slightly higher average income, $54,130 per year. Vascular technologists working for outpatient care centers reported still higher earnings, an average of $56,300 per year, while those working in physician's offices reported an average annual income of $57,320.
Pay by Location
Average pay for vascular technologists varied considerably by location in 2012. The highest-paying state, Alaska, reported an average income of $80,310 for vascular technologists. Other high-paying states for this occupation included Washington, at $66,920; New Jersey, at $66,640; and Massachusetts at $66,050. The lowest-paying state, Louisiana, reported an average salary of $39,680. Vascular technologists working in the District of Columbia earned a high average salary of $66,000, while those working in the territory of Puerto Rico reported a low average salary of $24,930.
With the aging of the large baby boomer population of the United States, the number of seniors is increasing and the health care industry is expected to grow accordingly, making an excellent job outlook for vascular technologists. While all occupations in the American economy are projected to grow at an average rate of 14 percent, positions for vascular technologists are expected to grow at 29 percent. The health care industry is increasingly focused on outpatient care, and the BLS expects jobs for vascular technologists to grow at especially high rates in physician's offices and outpatient care centers.