As an EKG technician, also known as an electrocardiograph technician, you’ll be responsible for operating equipment to record the electrical activity of the heart. EKG technicians typically work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities and may be responsible for preparing patients for EKG procedures, attaching electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms, and legs, and operating the EKG machine to record the electrical activity of the heart. They may also be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting the EKG equipment, as well as interpreting and communicating the results of EKG tests to other healthcare professionals.
So, how much does an EKG technician make per hour? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median hourly wage for EKG technicians was $20.34 in 2020. However, EKG technician salaries can vary depending on a number of factors, such as your level of education and experience, the location of the job, and the type of employer.
For example, EKG technicians working in hospitals tend to earn higher salaries than those working in other types of healthcare facilities. EKG technicians who have advanced education or certification may also earn higher salaries than those who do not. In addition, EKG technicians who work in cities with a higher cost of living may earn more than those working in more rural areas.
It’s also worth noting that EKG technicians who work full-time typically earn more per hour than those who work part-time or on a per diem basis. Additionally, EKG technicians who work overtime or on-call may earn additional pay for these hours.
In conclusion, EKG technician salaries per hour can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. However, with the right education and training, you can start a rewarding career as an EKG technician and earn a competitive wage in the healthcare industry. Ultrasound Specialists typically earn more than EKG/ECG Technicians, but both professions offer the opportunity for advancement and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.