Median pay for Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $26.45 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists. Female Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20.29 - $36.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$38,852 - $89,803  
   
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$507 - $6,904  
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$42,294 - $82,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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$20.29 - $36.55  
   
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$21.99 - $57.32  
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$507 - $6,904  
   
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$42,294 - $82,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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Job Description for Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab)

A position as a cardiovascular technologist offers an extremely rewarding career. You work side by side with other medical professionals to ensure the safety and health of patients. A cardiovascular technologist (cath lab) technician will need to have a thorough knowledge and work experience with the cardiovascular technologist career field.

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Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab) Tasks

  • Prepare and position patients for invasive heart procedures.
  • Monitor gauges, recorder and video screens of computer system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
  • Conduct cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments.
  • Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.

Common Career Paths for Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab)


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Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Cardiac Catheterization Technologist. Cardiac Catheterization Technologists on average make about as much as Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists do. Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists most frequently advance into Cardiovascular Technologist and Cardiovascular Technician roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $17K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab)


Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, electrophysiology, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology. Most people experienced in Cardiology also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,153

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists, 33 percent higher than the national average. Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Miami (+13 percent), and Tampa (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (7 percent lower) and Charlotte (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab) Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Cardiovascular Technologist (Cath Lab) Salaries

Cardiology
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electrophysiology
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$58,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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