Perfusionist Salary

Wages for Perfusionists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Perfusionists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,650 - $136,192
(Median)
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,481
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90%

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$25.00 - $64.35
(Median)
$25
$48
$64
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,650 - $136,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,489  
Profit Sharing
$2,700 - $10,000  
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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$75,555 - $137,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$25.00 - $64.35  
   
Overtime
$47.67 - $85.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,489  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,700 - $10,000  
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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$75,555 - $137,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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.

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Perfusionist Tasks

  • Monitor patient's circulatory process during procedure.
  • Operate heart-lung equipment during surgery under direction of physician.
  • Administer various types of blood products, medication and control the temperature and blood flow of patient.

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Pay by Experience Level for Perfusionist

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


Perfusionists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $86K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $101K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Perfusionists make a median salary of $113K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $117K.

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Experience Affects Perfusionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$103,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 8%