How much does a dialysis technician make? The average dialysis technician salary is just over $33,000 annually. Experience and location are two factors that affect the salary of a dialysis tech.
Less experienced technicians can expect a salary ranging from $25,000 to $40,000 per year. Senior dialysis technicians earn around $40,000 per year. Salary differences in locations is due primarily to the adjusted cost of living.
A dialysis technician operates and maintains equipment for renal dialysis treatment, a treatment that can mean the difference between life and death for renal failure patients. They have multiple roles which includes equipment repair and maintenance, dialyzer reprocessing, water treatment monitoring, vascular access monitoring, and direct patient care including recording the dialysis patient’s blood pressure and weight.
They address any physical or mental concerns of the patient before, during and after the dialysis procedure. The dialysis technician works under the supervision of a doctor or nurse. Alternative job titles for the dialysis technician are renal dialysis technician and hemodialysis technician.
After several years of experience as a dialysis technician, individuals can readily access additional training and education in order to advance to the position of head technician in larger clinics or hospitals. Smaller clinics provide lesser opportunities for advancement than larger clinics do. Since this career choice can be accomplished in as little as 12 to 18 months, some dialysis techs seek further education while working part time to move into nursing and other specialized careers.
Dialysis techs have a complete understanding of renal disease, hemodialysis procedures and body chemistry. They are also knowledgeable in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and some other life-saving emergency procedures.
The dialysis technician works primarily in clinics and hospitals. In certain circumstances they may perform the renal dialysis procedure in a patient’s home. The usual hours for a dialysis tech is a 40-hour work week. Sometimes they work part time hours, especially those who are trying to further their education and move into more specialized fields. One advantage of this career is the flexibility of hours.
Technicians who work in hospitals, clinics and 24-hour operations may be required to work some weekends or evenings.