Emergency Department Technicians in the United States take home approximately $13.93 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Emergency Department Technicians. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,548 - $87,262
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$19K
$33K
$87K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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$11.00 - $19.02
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$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$18,548 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$11.78  
Total Pay (?
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$23,187 - $41,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $19.02  
   
Overtime
$6.46 - $26.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$11.78  
   
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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$23,187 - $41,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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Job Description for Emergency Department Technician

The emergency department technician is responsible for assisting doctors, nurses, and other medical staff with providing medical care to emergency room patients. Depending on their facility, the daily tasks and workload for an emergency department technician may vary. The emergency department technician is often one of the first people that a patient sees when they arrive at the hospital. They are in charge of examining patients after initial check-in and answering any questions and helping patients to feel comfortable as they wait for a doctor.

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Emergency Department Technician Tasks

  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Assist emergency room staff in caring for injured or ill patients.
  • Observe patients' conditions and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure vital signs, if possible.
  • Bathe, shave, or drape patients to prepare them for treatment or examination.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Department Technician


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Many Emergency Department Technicians move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $61K per year.

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Popular Skills for Emergency Department Technician


Emergency Department Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Critical Care, splinting, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Medical Services, CPR, and EMT. Competency in Ekg frequently indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Department Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Emergency Department Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $28K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $31K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Emergency Department Technicians make a median salary of $33K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Emergency Department Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 11%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Emergency Department Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 24%

splinting
up arrow 17%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 12%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 11%

Ekg
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
0%

Orthopedics
0%

ecg
0%

National Average
$30,000

Wound Care
up arrow 3%

EMT
up arrow 4%

CPR
up arrow 8%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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