Perfusionist Salary

Average pay for Perfusionists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($102K). The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$78,081 - $140,839
(Median)
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,297
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$25.60 - $67.62
(Median)
$26
$49
$68
MEDIAN: $49.00
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $88K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $102K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Perfusionists make a median salary of $113K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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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