Perfusionist Salary

Wages for Perfusionists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$78,081 - $140,839
(Median)
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,297
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50%
90%

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$25.60 - $67.62
(Median)
$26
$49
$68
MEDIAN: $49.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,081 - $140,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,079  
Profit Sharing
$7,910  
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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$77,893 - $142,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$25.60 - $67.62  
   
Overtime
$37.48 - $86.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,910  
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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$77,893 - $142,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 $88K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $102K. Perfusionists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $113K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $119K.

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Experience Affects Perfusionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$104,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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