EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salary

EKG Monitor Technicians in the United States take home approximately $13.46 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.99 per hour and $18.20. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most EKG Monitor Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female EKG Monitor Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,124 - $48,221
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$20K
$33K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,042
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$9.99 - $18.20
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,124 - $48,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $484.79  
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$20,902 - $40,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $18.20  
   
Overtime
$5.72 - $26.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $484.79  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00  
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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$20,902 - $40,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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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 who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $55K per year. Becoming a Telemetry Technician or a Licensed Practical Nurse is often the next step for an EKG Monitor Technician.

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Survey results show that EKG Monitor Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Ekg and Telemetry are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Ekg is often linked with knowledge of Telemetry.

Pay by Experience Level for EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician

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


For EKG Monitor Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an EKG Monitor Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $36K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,816

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for EKG Monitor Technicians, 41 percent higher than the national average. EKG Monitor Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+21 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). EKG Monitor Technicians in Fayetteville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Jacksonville (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect EKG (Electrocardiogram) Monitor Technician Salaries

Ekg
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Telemetry
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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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