A medical transporter, also known as a patient transporter, is the primary link between paramedics and doctors, coordinating the movement of patients to waiting, emergency treatment and operating rooms in outpatient centers and hospitals. Medical transporters also greet patients, obtain patients' medical records from receptionists and transport equipment such as oxygen tanks and IV units. In addition, they may collect lab specimens and clean surgical equipment. Salaries for medical transporters tend to vary by experience, employer and geographic location.
Average salaries for medical transporters were $23,000 a year as of 2014, according to the Indeed job site. Most medical transporters have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers may prefer hiring those who have experience transporting patients and medical apparatuses. Physical stamina, strength and compassion are key traits for this job, as are organization and communication skills.
In 2014, salaries for medical transporters varied more in some regions than others, according to Indeed. In the South region, the highest average salary was in Washington, D.C. at $29,000 a year and the lowest was in Louisiana at $20,000 a year. Medical transporters in the Midwest averaged $17,000 in Nebraska on the low end and $26,000 in Illinois on the high end. In the West, medical transporters earned the highest average salaries of $25,000 in California and the lowest salaries of $14,000 in Hawaii. Those in the Northeast averaged $20,000 a year in Maine and $28,000 in New York.
Comparison to Orderlies
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't have a specific job category for medical transporters. However, it does have one for orderlies, who assist nurses with transporting patients to operating rooms. Orderlies also clean equipment, disinfect linens and assist patients with bathing, shaving and getting dressed. Most orderlies have high school diplomas and are trained on the job. They are usually certified in both first aid and the use of automated external defibrillators, which stimulate patients' hearts when they stop. Orderlies earned a median income of $23,990 a year in 2012, according to the BLS. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned $17,730 a year or less, while the top 10 percent earned $36,390 or more.
The BLS expects a 17 percent increase in employment for orderlies from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than average. Hospitals will need to hire more orderlies to assist nurses because of the population increases among baby boomers, who will need more medical procedures and surgeries as they age. Medical transporters may also find a comparable number of job opportunities, since they work with orderlies.
- Duke University Health System: Patient Transporter, Lead
- Association For The Healthcare Environment: Environmental Services and Patient Transport Best Practices
- Indeed: Patient Transporter Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Nursing Assistant or Orderly
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Nursing Assistants and Orderlies: Job Outlook
- Indeed: Patient Transporter Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Patient Transporter Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Patient Transporter Salary in Louisiana, and Washington, DC
- Indeed: Patient Transporter Salary in Nebraska, and Illinois
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