Perfusionists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $106K) surpassing six figures annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Men working as Perfusionists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Work is enjoyable for Perfusionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$80,811 - $144,846
$81K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $106,133
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90%

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$37.31 - $70.42
$37
$51
$70
MEDIAN: $51.32
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,811 - $144,846  
   
Bonus
$509 - $30,913  
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$80,737 - $147,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$37.31 - $70.42  
   
Overtime
$3.79 - $119.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$509 - $30,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$80,737 - $147,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Perfusionist


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Many Perfusionists move into Medical Perfusionist roles. Medical Perfusionists seem to make a little less than Perfusionists as their salaries average out to $89K a year.

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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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $93K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $104K. Perfusionists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $116K. Perfusionists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $123K.

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Key Stats for Perfusionist

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
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Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Perfusionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$108,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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