Dialysis technicians set up and operate machines that function as artificial kidneys for patients. They also monitor each patient during dialysis to ensure safety and comfort. Dialysis technicians often have the most regular and personal interaction with patients who live with chronic kidney failure, according to the website of DaVita, a provider of dialysis treatment in New York state and nationwide.
New York City
Nationwide, the middle 50 percent of dialysis technicians have salaries of $29,617 to $37,092 per year as of May 2011, according to Salary.com. Dialysis technicians in New York City have a median salary of $38,530, which ranks in the top 25 percent nationwide. Even the bottom 25 percent of dialysis technician salaries in New York City, at $35,156 and below, are higher than the nationwide median of $32,460 for this occupation. The bottom 10 percent of dialysis techs in New York City earn $32,084 per year and less, the top 25 percent $44,028 and more, and the top 10 percent $49,033 and higher.
Dialysis technician salaries in other parts of New York are closer to the national yearly median of $32,460. Dialysis techs in Watertown have a median annual pay rate of $30,067, in Utica $30,220, in Elmira $30,453, in Buffalo $31,194, in Rochester $32,265 and in Albany $33,174.
In this sample grouping of cities, excluding New York City, all rank in the middle 50 percent nationwide for dialysis technician salaries. The lowest pay rates are in Watertown, where the bottom 10 percent earn $25,037 annually and below. The highest salaries are in Albany, where the top 10 percent earn $42,217 per year and higher.
Dialysis technicians can expect full benefits packages in addition to pay. DaVita, for instance, provides three medical insurance plan options and includes domestic partner coverage. The company also provides dental, vision, life and disability insurance, along with flexible spending accounts, paid time off, an employee assistance program, a 401(k) savings plan, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, reimbursement for various certification exams and scholarships for selected children and grandchildren of their employees.