An Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician earns an average wage of $12.83 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Ekg is associated with high pay for this job.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Total Pay (?
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$20,484 - $42,660
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MEDIAN: $30,458
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Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Total Pay (?
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$9.65 - $19.09
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$0.00 - $996  
Total Pay (?
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$20,250 - $41,233  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
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$9.65 - $19.09  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $27.30  
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$0.00 - $996  
   
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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$20,250 - $41,233  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
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Job Description for Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
The task of an Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician or Cardiographic Technician is to conduct diagnostic tests on patients such as electrocardiography or EKG, Holter monitor procedures, and stress tests. These tests help guide a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cardio-vascular and blood vessel problems. The EKG Technician is trained to attach electrodes to certain areas of a patient's body in order to track the heart's electrical impulses. He or she has demonstrated knowledge in the operation of an electrocardiogram equipment and related devices. The EKG Tech is responsible in monitoring the test and in documenting the test results. At a minimum, the EKG Technician must have completed a 2-year Associate's degree program and a one-year Certification in EKG and related tests. Holding a Bachelor's degree would increase the chance of moving up to a technologist position. Most hospitals and large medical facilities hire EKG Technicians and in some cases, provide on-the-job training to qualified people especially those who had been employed there for a quite a while and have proven capabilities. The skills required for this position are: mechanical aptitude, attention to detailed instructions, good communication skills which is essential in dealing with physicians, pleasant bedside manners since the tech deals mostly with patients who have life-threatening conditions. The EKG Technician usually works in a laboratory or diagnostic office surrounded by fellow medical personnel and the patients who are there to undergo these tests. He usually reports to a laboratory supervisor. The tech does not supervise people. Due to the nature of the medical setting, he or she may be asked to work in a shift schedule and/or to render overtime when necessary.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Tasks
  • Operate electrocardiogram equipment to perform routine or emergency tests.
  • Monitor and document test results.
  • Advise physicians in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac, vascular, or blood vessel issues.
Pay by Experience Level for Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
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Experience Affects Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000
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Skills That Affect Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Salaries

Ekg
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National Average
$28,000
Phlebotomy
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Gender
Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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