EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary

EKG Monitor Technicians in the United States take home approximately $13.44 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.01 per hour and $18.19. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While some workers in this profession — just under a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most EKG Monitor Technicians survey respondents are women (74 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,091 - $48,633
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,806
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$10.01 - $18.19
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,091 - $48,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
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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$20,970 - $40,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.19  
   
Overtime
$5.42 - $26.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
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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$20,970 - $40,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 828

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $55K per year. An EKG Monitor Technician often moves on to become a Telemetry Technician or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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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.


For many EKG Monitor Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. EKG Monitor Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. After two decades in the workforce, the average EKG Monitor Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $36K.

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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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National Average
$29,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 22%