Dialysis Technician Salary
The average Dialysis Technician in the United States earns approximately $14.68 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
Dialysis Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $56K per year. Becoming a Certified Dialysis Technician or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a common transition from a Dialysis Technician role.
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Dialysis Technicians. For Dialysis Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Fresenius Medical Care North America; in fact, average earnings are around $35K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($27K versus $56K) is great. U.S. Renal Care, Inc., American Renal Associates, and DCI Group are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Dialysis Technicians earning around $35K, $35K, or $33K at each firm, respectively.
Offering only $26K on average, Dialysis Clinics, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $21K on the lower end and $42K on the higher end. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are 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.
Dialysis Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dialysis Technicians bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $41K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Dialysis Technicians, New York provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Dialysis Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+13 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), and Akron (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Toledo (3 percent lower) and Miami (2 percent lower).
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