Generous salaries abound for Perfusionists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($108K) per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Perfusionists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$81,014 - $146,844|
|Bonus||$1,957 - $31,027|
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|$80,955 - $150,203|
|Hourly Rate||$37.16 - $71.56|
|Overtime||$3.70 - $119.60|
|Bonus||$1,957 - $31,027|
|Total Pay (||$80,955 - $150,203|
Job Description for Perfusionist
A perfusionist works in a medical institution to provide care related to the maintenance of the circulatory system. A perfusionist operates equipment whenever medical situations deem it necessary for patient’s circulatory and respiratory functions to be supported. During transfusions, a perfusionist operates the necessary extracorporeal circulation and autotransfusion equipment. A perfusionist may administer IVs to patients and subsequently will need to be familiar with relevant administering methods. The perfusionist should be familiar with all equipment related to the job, including ventricular assist devices. The perfusionist will often work with a physician but should be able to independently determine which equipment needs to be used. When the devices are being used, the perfusionist should be able to monitor the patient’s vital signs and make sure that the machines are working correctly. A perfusionist may also work in an operation room to assist with open heart surgery. The perfusionist should be able to work well on a team, recognize problems that are encountered, and be able to correct them or refer the patient to the appropriate medical party.Read More...
The position may require certifications from organizations such as the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. A college-level degree may be required, but specific education in perfusion is essential. In some positions, the perfusionist will be responsible for purchasing the devices needed for the job, so it is important for the perfusionist to keep up with the latest developments in the field.
- Administer various types of blood products, medication and control the temperature and blood flow of patient.
- Operate heart-lung equipment during surgery under direction of physician.
- Monitor patient's circulatory process during procedure.
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Pay by Experience Level for Perfusionist
Pay by Experience for a Perfusionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Perfusionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 124 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Perfusionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Perfusionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 109 salaries. A Perfusionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 98 salaries.
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