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EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for EKG Monitor Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.31 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.34 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Female EKG Monitor Technicians make up most of the field at 76 percent. For the most part, EKG Monitor Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary (?
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$19,976 - $46,184
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MEDIAN: $30,104
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EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary (?
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$9.91 - $18.34
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,976 - $46,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
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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$20,773 - $40,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $18.34  
   
Overtime
$5.18 - $26.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
   
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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$20,773 - $40,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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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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As EKG Monitor Technicians make advancements in their career path to roles like Registered Nurse, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, Registered Nurses will make $55K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
EKG Monitor Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $27K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. EKG Monitor Technicians bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $34K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one in seven, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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National Average
$28,000
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Philadelphia offers some of the highest pay in the country for EKG Monitor Technicians, 23 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Dallas, where EKG Monitor Technicians typically earn around 14 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more than usual. The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in New Orleans.

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Experience Affects EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 23%