Cardiovascular Technologist Salary
When looking at statistical reports of an average cardiovascular technologist salary in the United States, it's important to keep in mind that there are many factors that will affect an individual's salary. The most important are experience, education, geographical location, type of employer, and the types and number of specialties in which the job candidate is certified. The more specialty areas an individual can work in, the more valuable he or she is to employers, since they may be able to save money by not having to hire additional staff.
How much does a cardiovascular technologist make?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for a cardiovascular technologist in the United States is $49,730, which is approximately $24 per hour. Salaries at the low end of the range start at about $26,000 and top out at about $76,000 per year at the high end. Translated into hourly wages, that's anywhere from about $12.00 to $37.00 per hour.
Cardiovascular technologist salaries based on experience and education
According to PayScale.com, annual salaries for cardiovascular techs with one to four years of experience range between approximately $36,000 and $52,000. For those with between 10 and 19 years of experience, the range is much higher—between $54,000 and $74,000 per year. But keep in mind that CVTs with that much experience very likely have certifications in more than one specialty area.
Cardiovascular technologist salaries based on geographic location
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) says the highest paying states in the United States are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut with annual mean wages ranging from about $60,000 to almost $64,000. The lowest paying states are West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Alabama, and Florida with annual mean wages ranging from approximately $37,000 to just over $40,000.
It's interesting to note that Gainesville, Florida employs the most cardiovascular techs in the United States and has a lower annual mean wage (about $35,000) than the national average, so competition will lower salaries in a crowded job market.
Two California metro areas—San Jose and Salinas—show up in the top paying markets with annual mean wages up to about $74,000, which is higher than the national average. However, it's important to keep in mind that the cost of housing in California is at least double that of Florida, so factor the cost of living into actual take-home pay when comparing job opportunities in different states and cities.
Cardiovascular technologist salaries based on employer type
Close to 77% of cardiovascular technologists work in general medical and surgical hospitals, according to the USBLS. About 15% work in physicians' offices, and the remainder work in medical and diagnostic labs, ambulatory health care facilities, or outpatient care centers. Hospitals and physicians' offices are the highest paying employers on the cardiovascular technologist pay scale.