Cardiovascular Perfusionist Salaries

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Open heart surgery is a team effort, and one of the most important players on the team is the cardiovascular perfusionist. In many surgeries, the surgeon cannot operate unless the heart is still. The perfusionist takes over the task of keeping the patient’s blood circulating with a heart-lung machine. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for a perfusionist, and certification is required for practice. Salaries vary according to source, location, experience and other factors.

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  • Explore Health Careers reports the salary range for perfusionists in 2014 was $65,000 to $135,000 a year. The Economic Research Institute, however, notes an average annual salary on the high end of that range, at $139,441. Indeed reports an average annual salary of $83,000 in 2014. Salaries also varied by location in 2014. Perfusionists in Texas, for example, earned $81,000 a year, while those in Michigan earned $85,000 a year. In California, perfusionists earned an average of $90,000 a year. In New York, perfusionists earned $101,000 a year. Perfusionists earned more than $100,000 a year in all cities surveyed by Salary Expert in 2014. Salaries ranged from $115,168 a year in Houston, Texas, to $152,434 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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