Cath lab techs are one of the most important members of a cardiovascular team. They assist doctors with invasive cardiovascular procedures including cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, and electrophysiology procedures. Cath lab technicians help keep patients calm and comfortable during procedures and assist in the lab with acquiring images and blood samples.
As a traveling cath lab tech, you get to enjoy the perks that come from being an in-demand professional. You can travel to places you never thought possible and get paid well while doing it. Being a travel cath lab tech allows you to move to new places every few months, meet new people, help new communities, and experience a part of the world you might have never been before.
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Travel Cath Lab Tech FAQs
How Much Do Cath Lab Techs Make?
The salary for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians depends on the experience of the cath lab tech as well as the location, facility, and assignment. The median salary for a cardiovascular technician was $60,940 in 2020 with most earning between $39,250 and $78,170 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level cardiac techs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $30,140, while the highest 10% earned more than $96,790. Typically, cath lab tech travel jobs will provide considerably higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location, though this varies widely by assignment and the skills and experience of each traveler.
Which States Have Highest-Paid Cath Lab Tech Jobs?
Rhode Island pays the highest average salary to cardiac and cath lab techs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with an average annual wage of $85,590 and an hourly wage of $41.15. Nevada is followed by Oregon ($82,810 per year, $39.81 per hour), California ($79,490 per year, $38.22 per hour), New Jersey ($78,850 per year, $37.91 per hour), and the District of Columbia ($78,040 per year, $37.52 per hour).
Seeking the highest-paying contract doesn't always mean that you should take lab tech travel jobs with the highest weekly pay. Factoring in the cost of living of each state can often give a better indication of what a travel cath lab tech can expect to earn from an assignment. When comparing the adjusted average cath lab tech salary, Rhode Island is still the highest paying state, though there are only 160 listed as employed according to the BLS. Wisconsin, Georgia, New Jersey, and Colorado make up the top five highest paying states for cardiac and cath lab techs with at least 100 listed as employed.
Where are Cath Lab Tech Travel Jobs Available?
Cath lab travel jobs are available all across the country in a variety of healthcare settings. Traveling provides the opportunity for a therapist to explore different parts of the country, gain valuable career experience, and work with a wide variety of patients and facilities.
Cath Lab Tech Travel Assignments are available in:
Outpatient and Clinical Settings
Skilled Nursing and Long Term Care Facilities
Home Health Services
School and Education Centers
What are the Benefits of Becoming a Cath Lab Traveler?
Traveling as an allied health professional provides a number of personal and career benefits. Cath lab tech travel jobs provide competitive pay packages, as they are needed all across the country. Cardiovascular technologist and technician jobs are expected to grow by 8% by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It should be possible for those interested in traveling to find a cath lab tech job in facilities all over the country. Agencies also may also provide insurance benefits, travel reimbursement, housing stipends, reimbursement for licenses, and other perks depending on the contract.