Whether you’re currently in school or already an experienced catheterization laboratory technician, you may be interested in the overall job outlook for your career path. As the entire field of healthcare expands, cath lab tech jobs are increasing as well. But where are these jobs and what are the best states for working as a cath lab technician?
Take a deeper look at the current job outlook and the highest paying states for cath lab techs.
Job Outlook for Cath Lab Techs
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) currently projects a promising future for anyone pursuing a career as a cath lab technician. For the sake of their data collection, the BLS groups cath lab technicians with diagnostic sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, and vascular technologists. But as a group, they’re expected to experience 24% job growth through 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Highest Paying States for Cath Lab Technicians
According to the BLS, the national median salary for cath lab technicians in 2015 was $56,100. Of course, wages can vary depending on location, so to get a more accurate depiction of your earning potential, you’ll need to look at state salaries where you intend to work. If you want to maximize your earning potential, you may want to consider the following states.
Here are the ten states with the highest median salary in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Alaska – $78,550
- Massachusetts – $71,740
- California – $71,230
- New Jersey – $71,210
- Nevada – $69,510
- Connecticut – $67,950
- Montana – $67,950
- Rhode Island – $67,110
- Washington – $66,730
- Oregon – $66,170
However, annual salary isn’t the only determining factor when trying to maximize your earning potential. It’s important to also consider the average cost of living in these states so you can take home as much money as possible. Another aspect to consider is job availability. While demand for cath lab technologists is high around the country, not every location is created equally. After all, a higher median wage doesn’t mean much when you can’t find a job.
Here are the five states that employ the most cath lab technologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- New York
Travel Cath Lab Jobs
One of the easiest ways to find job opportunities in the highest paying states is to become a traveling cath lab technician. Staffing agencies like LRS Healthcare help hospitals find qualified cath lab techs to fill their needs, allowing us to send professionals all across the country where demand is highest.
More than just an opportunity to find jobs in places with high demand, LRS Healthcare has experience with working with our employees to find the best fit for their needs. Want to maximize your take-home pay? We can help you find the highest paying states that also have lower costs of living. With our connections to hospitals across the country, we can also help you get a foothold in a tougher market that you’re interested in.
Plus, our traveling cath lab technologists often earn additional benefits like housing stipends or per diem paychecks, allowing you to earn even more and have peace of mind. Learn more about travel cath lab tech jobs with LRS Healthcare today.