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EKG Technician Salary

EKG technicians, also known as cardiographic technicians, specialize in performing electrocardiographs, or EKGs for short. EKGs measure electrical impulses that are emitted by the heart. Technicians conduct this type of heart stress testing using Holter monitors in which electrodes are attached to the body in specific areas in order to capture the heart's electrical impulses. EKG technician education involves learning about heart rhythms and how to properly utilize the equipment to get accurate measurements, which are handed over to physicians for diagnosis.

Salaries for EKG technicians may vary depending upon several factors. Those who are trained in Holter monitoring or who have multiple skills within the wider field of cardiovascular technology will generally be compensated higher. Other factors that effect salary are geographic location, years of experience, and the type of facility you are employed in. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who worked in physician's offices were paid slightly higher than those who worked in hospitals.

EKG Technician Salary

Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

EKG Technician Salary Compared To Related Health Care Jobs

CareerAnnual Median Wage
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians$55,570
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,650
Phlebotomists$32,710
Radiologic Technologists$57,450
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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EKG Technician Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cardiovascular tech and EKG technician jobs are expected to grow much faster than the national average. This means that there will be plenty of opportunity for those pursing a career as an EKG tech well into the future. The significant demand for these trained professionals can be attributed to the increasing needs of the aging baby boomer population. Studies have shown that when baby boomers reach the age of 65, their need for heart monitoring and related procedures triples.

CareerProjected Job Growth Rate
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians9.9
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Promotion Opportunities for EKG Techs

EKG techs can increase their career and salary opportunities by expanding their skill sets within the wider field of cardiovascular technology roles. The first step in expanding one’s skills is to become trained in Holter monitoring. Entry-level EKG techs sometimes are not trained in Holter monitoring and treadmill tests. Getting certified and cross-trained in additional procedures such as echocardiography and vascular technology can open up additional possibilities for career expansion.

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