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.
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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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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