EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary (United States)

Salaries for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians in the United States sit in the ballpark of $13.31 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.91 per hour on the low end to $18.34 on the higher side. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 23 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Female EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians make up most of the field at 76 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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$20,773 - $40,340  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Registered Nurse may bring in a lot more money—an additional $26K 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 (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries start at $27K, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $33K. After a couple decades on the job, EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $34K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 14 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$28,000
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New Orleans
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Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians, 23 percent higher than the national average. Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Dallas also offer top salaries for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technicians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is New Orleans.

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Experience Affects EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$28,000
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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%
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