EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary

Earnings for EKG Monitor Technicians in the United States come in at around $13.44 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.96 per hour and $18.42. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female EKG Monitor Technicians making up 75 percent. Work is enjoyable for EKG Monitor Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,067 - $48,432

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$9.96 - $18.42

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,067 - $48,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.95  
Total Pay (?
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$20,850 - $40,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $18.42  
   
Overtime
$5.18 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.95  
   
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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$20,850 - $40,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 883
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Job Description for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician

An electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor technician assists physicians with preparing, performing, and reviewing electrocardiographic exams. EKG monitor technicians operate technology that provides information for the diagnosis of heart conditions; as such, an EKG monitor technician must be proficient in interpreting results to detect abnormalities. An EKG monitor technician constantly interacts with patients, preparing patients for the procedure by taking down their medical history and answering any concerns they have about the testing process. The EKG monitor technician may also be involved in administrative management by scheduling patients, transcribing test results, writing reports, and performing other clerical procedures.

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EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Tasks

  • Study patients’ charts to determine their normal heart rhythm so abnormalities are detectable.
  • Report significant changes in patients’ heart rate and arrhythmias to nursing staff.
  • Watch heart rate monitors for abnormalities.

Common Career Paths for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician


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EKG Monitor Technicians often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $55K per year. A Telemetry Technician or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a typical transition from an EKG Monitor Technician role.

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Typical EKG Monitor Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Ekg and Telemetry are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Ekg and Telemetry are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. As EKG Monitor Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $36K.

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Experience Affects EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

Ekg
up arrow 7%

Telemetry
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 21%
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