Certified Dialysis Technicians in the United States take home an average $15.60 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $12.36 per hour to $20.46. In the world of Certified Dialysis Technicians, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $44K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by tenure and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Certified Dialysis Technicians who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. For the most part, Certified Dialysis Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,535 - $44,122
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$23K
$34K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,554
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$12.36 - $20.46
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,535 - $44,122  
   
Bonus
$193.09 - $2,153  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $1,957  
Commission
$0.00  
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$25,822 - $44,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $20.46  
   
Hourly Tips
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Overtime
$14.12 - $28.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$193.09 - $2,153  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $1,957  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,822 - $44,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 891
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Job Description for Certified Dialysis Technician

Certified dialysis technicians handle duties relating to kidney dialysis, a process that eliminates waste and excess liquid from a person's blood when their kidneys are unable to perform that function. Certified dialysis technicians work in close contact with people who are experiencing various stages of kidney failure or disease, and they typically work in a hospital or kidney dialysis clinic. During dialysis treatments, a certified dialysis technician operates dialysis equipment by following proper dialysis procedures while being observed by a registered nurse. Additionally, certified dialysis technicians report and make suggestions to doctors regarding patient treatment.

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Certified Dialysis Technician Tasks

  • Start equipment and observe gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards.
  • Disinfect and sterilize equipment using sterilizers, aerators, and washers.
  • Interview patients to measure their vital signs and weight before and after dialysis.
  • Maintain records of inventory and equipment usage.
  • Explain treatment procedures, in-home treatments and physicians' instructions to patients.

Common Career Paths for Certified Dialysis Technician


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While Certified Dialysis Technicians do not often become Dialysis Registered Nurses, the job pays $64K per year on average. A Certified Hemodialysis Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Certified Dialysis Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $32K on average. The Registered Nurse position is another common transition for Certified Dialysis Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $56K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Dialysis Technician


DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Fresinius, American Renal Associates, and Fresenius Medical Care North America are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $28K to just $47K, American Renal Associates still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $42K. Certified Dialysis Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Fmcna ($38K), U.S. Renal Care, Inc. ($35K), and Fresenius Medical Care South Africa ($35K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $31K, and Fresenius Medical Care North America where $33K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Certified Dialysis Technicians there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Certified Dialysis Technician


Survey results suggest that Certified Dialysis Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Preceptor, Patient Education, and CPR are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Dialysis also know CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dialysis Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Dialysis Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. Certified Dialysis Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Dialysis Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,731

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Certified Dialysis Technicians in Baltimore receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Dialysis Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Detroit (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Tampa (+9 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (10 percent less) and Charlotte (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Certified Dialysis Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Certified Dialysis Technician Salaries

Preceptor
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Patient Education
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CPR
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Cannulation
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Dialysis
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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