Dialysis Technician Salary
Median pay for Dialysis Technicians in the United States is around $14.72 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Dialysis Technicians survey respondents are women (79 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Dialysis Technician
Dialysis technicians work in hospitals and clinical environments to assist patients in need of dialysis procedures; these patients often have failing kidneys and/or kidney diseases and need their blood cleaned because their body cannot do it for them. These technicians evaluate patients prior to the dialysis being carried out; this includes taking blood pressure, weight, temperature, and pulse. The dialysis equipment must also be tested and routine maintenance must be carried out to ensure proper functioning.Read More...
As dialysis procedures are carried out, these technicians must monitor the machines to ensure they are working properly, and the patient to ensure that the procedure is going smoothly. They also administer necessary medicines according to direction and policies and maintain records in order to accurately document all treatments.
A high school diploma is usually a minimum requirement for this position, and certification as a dialysis technician is often required, which can be obtained by taking a course and then a test. Some institutions do offer positions to those who will obtain certification after being hired. The ability to walk and stand for long periods of time is important, and those in this position should also be able to bend and stoop easily. The ability to lift heavy items is also important to assist patients who have trouble getting up, standing, and walking on their own.
Dialysis Technician Tasks
- Operate dialysis machines to treat patients who have kidney or renal failure.
- Prepare patients physically for dialysis and explain dialysis equipment and procedures.
- Monitor dialysis procedure to ensure patient safety and that equipment is operating properly.
Common Career Paths for Dialysis Technician
At the upper end, Dialysis Technicians who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. It is not unusual for a Dialysis Technician to become a Certified Dialysis Technician or a Licensed Practical Nurse.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Dialysis Technician
DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Fresinius, Dialysis Clinics, Inc., and Fresenius Medical Care North America are all popular places to work. Dialysis Technicians flock to Fresenius Medical Care North America for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $36K lead the pack in compensation; however, Fresenius Medical Care North America also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $27K at one end to $51K at the other end. Other leaders in compensation levels are U.S. Renal Care, Inc. at $35K, American Renal Associates at $35K, and Fresinius, where Dialysis Technicians annually earn $33K.
Dialysis Clinics, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $27K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $22K and $42K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Fmcna ($30K), Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($31K), and DaVita Inc. ($32K).
Pay by Experience Level for Dialysis Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. Dialysis Technicians bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Dialysis Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Dialysis Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Akron (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Louisville and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.
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