Perfusionists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually in the United States. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Perfusionists. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$80,858 - $145,152
(Median)
$81K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $104,868
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50%
90%

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$37.87 - $70.36
(Median)
$38
$51
$70
MEDIAN: $51.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,858 - $145,152  
   
Bonus
$506 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$9,250  
Total Pay (?
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$80,847 - $147,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$37.87 - $70.36  
   
Overtime
$3.63 - $120.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$506 - $40,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,250  
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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$80,847 - $147,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $92K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $104K. On average, Perfusionists make $116K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

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Experience Affects Perfusionist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$106,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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