Emergency Department Technician Salary

Emergency Department Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $13.35 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.12 per hour and $17.74. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Emergency Department Technicians (58 percent) survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Most Emergency Department Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,189 - $33,797

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$10.12 - $17.74

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$19,189 - $33,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
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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$21,065 - $38,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $17.74  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $26.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$21,065 - $38,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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 $60K per year.

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Popular Skills for Emergency Department Technician


Emergency Department Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Critical Care, splinting, and Wound Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 18 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CPR. 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.


For Emergency Department Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $27K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. Emergency Department Technicians bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $37K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Department Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Emergency Department Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 30%

splinting
up arrow 18%

Wound Care
up arrow 9%


Ekg
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000

CPR
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%
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