Perfusionist Salary

Perfusionists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $102K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Perfusionists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Perfusionists survey respondents are men (74 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$76,475 - $137,702
(Median)
$76K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,565
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$25.25 - $65.55
(Median)
$25
$47
$66
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$76,475 - $137,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,387  
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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$75,497 - $138,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$25.25 - $65.55  
   
Overtime
$47.93 - $85.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,387  
   
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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$75,497 - $138,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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.


For many Perfusionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $86K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $113K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $118K.

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Experience Affects Perfusionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$103,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 8%
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