EKG Technician Salary Guide and Career Outlook

EKG technicians earn a mean pay of $30,000 in the United States. In Canada, the mean for EKG technicians (known as cardiology technologists) stands at C$56,000 ($43,568 USD). Those in the United Kingdom fetch on a mean basis £17,000 ($22,675 USD), while Australia’s mean salary for EKG technicians is AU$54,000 ($40,659 USD).

EKG technicians receive on a mean basis NZD$49,270 ($34,039 USD) in New Zealand, INR2,12,084 (INR212,084 in Western form) ($3,295 USD) in India, and R98,680 ($7,251 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does an EKG Technician Make per Year by State?

EKG Technician Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $38.46 C$26.92 £8.17 AU$25.96 NZD$24 INR102 R48
Annual Pay $30,000 C$56,000 £17,000 AU$54,000 NZD$49,270 INR2,12,084 R98,680

 EKG Technician Salary Influencing Factors

Generally, EKG technicians increase their salaries by accumulating work experience. In certain cities, salaries for EKG technicians rise above the national mean. Location can also influence salary, as some countries have primarily government-run or operated health care systems. These agencies set pay levels for their employees.

1. Location

PayScale shows a somewhat pronounced difference in pay by city in Australia. Cardiac technicians in Perth collect 25 percent above the national mean, while the figure descends to 11 percent under the mean. According to SalaryExpert, mean pay in Johannesburg skies to R131,799, while the South Africa national mean is R98,680. EKG Technicians in Cape Town make R107,083.

According to Salary Expert, EKG technicians in Christchurch, New Zealand earn on average NZD$48,463, below the national average of NZD$49,270. In Auckland, the mean is slightly higher at NZD$49,381. For New Delhi, India, the pay runs at R2,20,608, above the national mean, while the figure registers at R2,26,972.

Job Bank Canada lists Alberta as having the highest median wage at C$34.04 per hour, and New Brunswick having the lowest at C$23.84.

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in the US?

EKG Technician Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $20,234 $9.73
Maximum  $42,460 $20.41
Bonus Up to $1,026 $20.41
Overtime N/A $6.54 to $30.02
Total Pay $20,234 to $42,693

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in Canada?

EKG Technician Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$41,581 C$19.99
Maximum C$69,815 C$33.56
Bonus Up to $1,026 $20.41
Overtime N/A C$53
Total Pay C$41,581 to C$69,815

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in the UK?

EKG Technician Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £15,404 £7.41
Maximum £19,852 £9.54
Bonus  N/A  N/A
Overtime N/A  N/A
Total Pay £15,404 to £19,852

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in Australia?

EKG Technician Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$41,553 AU$19.98
Maximum AU$81,593 AU$39.23
Bonus  N/A  N/A
Overtime N/A AU$41.31
Total Pay AU$41,553 to AU$81,593

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in New Zealand?

EKG Technician Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$37,122 NZD$17.85
Maximum NZD$59,395 NZD$28.56
Bonus NZD$616 NZD$0.30
Overtime N/A AU$41.31
Total Pay NZD$37,122 to NZD$60,011

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in India?

EKG Technician Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR1,62,123 INR77.94
Maximum INR2,59,397 INR124.71
Bonus INR2,651 INR1.27
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay INR 1,62,123 to INR 2,62,048

How Much Does a EKG Technician Make in South Africa?

EKG Technician Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R75,064 R36.09
Maximum R120,103 R57.74
Bonus R1,236 R0.59
Overtime N/A N/A
Total Pay R75,064 to R121,339

2. Experience

According to PayScale, the mean pay for entry-level EKG technicians in the United States sits at $28,000. With five to ten years of experience, the mean ascends to $33,000. Mean pay increases to $36,000 for those with ten to 20 years at the job, while late-career EKG technicians make $37,000 on average.

Entry-level cardiology technologists in Canada make eight percent under the national mean. Those with five to ten years experience fall on average 18 percent below the mean.

EKG technicians in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service are paid in Bands 2 or 3, depending on the experience and skill. In these bands, salaries run from £15,404 to
£19,852.

Pay Scale reports that technicians in Australia with ten to 20 years of experience earn 18 percent above the national mean. The pay for those with five to ten years climbs to 13 percent higher than the national mean.

As stated by SalaryExpert, pay for entry-level EKG technicians in New Zealand averages NZD$37,122. Workers in this occupation reach mean pay of NZD$59,395 from at least eight years of experience.

At the entry-level stage, medical EKG technicians in India garner a mean pay of INR1,62,123. Upon achieving at least eight years of experience, a technician can anticipate a mean salary of INR2,59,397. For South Africa, mean pay spans from R75,064 for entry-level EKG technicians to R120,103 for senior-level ones.

3. Industry

Hospitals and cardiovascular physicians’ offices employ the majority of EKG technicians.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly eight out of ten cardiovascular technologists and technicians, which includes EKG technicians, work in hospitals. Physicians’ offices employ another 13 percent. Approximately two percent serve in outpatient clinics and another two percent are found in medical and diagnostic laboratories.

In the United Kingdom and New Zealand, most EKG technicians find themselves in government employment through the National Health Service and District Boards of Health, respectively.

Schedule & Working Hours

The EKG technician occupation blends full-time and part-time workers, though the greater percentage fall in the former category.

According to Job Bank Canada, 80 percent of cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technicians log full-time hours, which is in line with the overall full-time workforce in Canada. Full-time medical technicians, including cardiac technicians, in Australia average 36.1 hours per week on duty.

In the United Kingdom, a typical work week for cardiographers lasts 37.5 hours per week.

Bonuses & Benefits

Three out of four EKG technicians in the United States report to PayScale having medical coverage. For dental and vision benefits, the coverage rates stand at 58 percent and 50 percent respectively. Those who participate in profit-sharing with their employers average $750 extra in compensation from such plans.

One in two cardiology technologists in Canada receive medical coverage through their employers. Dental coverage goes to 44 percent, while these technologists have vision at a 28 percent clip.

According to Pay Scale, only six percent of Australian EKG technicians have medical benefits, with none reporting vision and dental care.

Career Outlook

As populations become increasingly aged, patients may need tests for heart-related conditions. Lifestyle choices among the population may also generate incidents of heart disease. For instance, Express Healthcare states that nearly one in four people in India between ages 25 and 69 have cardiovascular disease. EKG technicians help gather the images and data needed for diagnoses and treatment of these conditions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places the number of cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including EKG technicians, at 55,000 as of 2016. By 2026, that figure should rise to 60,500, or by roughly ten percent.

Canada should see 23,200 job openings in the “Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technicians” occupation by 2024, projects Job Bank Canada. At that time, a predicted 22,300 people will seek those positions.

In Australia, 30,200 workers populated the “Medical Technicians” field, which includes cardiac technicians. Job Outlook Australia projects that number to balloon to 39,000 by 2020. Citing shortages in the field, the New Zealand Government rates as “Good” prospects for employment of cardiac physiologists, which include cardiac technologists.

As reported by Express Health, India faces a dearth of qualified cardiologists and technicians. While demand for EKG technicians appears high in India, employment is also affected by scarce cardiac treatment facilities in the country.

Conclusion

As support personnel to physicians and specialists, EKG technicians receive pay on the lower end of medical and health workers. However, their value is revealed by the demand for their assistance in helping cardiologists and other physicians diagnose heart disease and other coronary conditions.

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