This is a tough question considering the range of possible answers that may exist. Let me explain. If you are a practicing Dialysis technician in the state of Connecticut, you’ll make quite a bit. If you’re a new, inexperienced dialysis tech in the state of Mississippi, you’ll not make nearly as much. If you’re looking for a range of annual salary, we’d probably suggest to you that you could make from $25,000 to $40,000 per year or any point in between.
Over the last 10 years, many more Federal and state regulations have been put in place for dialysis technicians. Once trained very informally, dialysis techs now typically are put thru a training program before they can hold themselves out as dialysis technicians. Obviously, this is better not only for the technician in terms of expected salary and benefits, but it is also better for the dialysis patient as they undergo treatment so often. But yes, any time a technical career becomes more regulated, generally higher salaries follow. Fewer candidates are willing to ‘gut it out’ in terms of the licensing and testing that needs to be done to be certified in the field.
Speaking of examinations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now enforces that dialysis techs (without any grandfathering) now pass one of the three nationally accepted dialysis technician examinations to continue offering services that a dialysis technician would offer. Again, folks that are expected to pass national examinations tend to make more than those that do not. This is true for just about any field of study.
What about benefits? What should you expect? Well, you should expect the same benefits that any employee may expect. For example, you should expect a retirement plan. All employer-sponsored plans are different, so be prepared to dive in to see exactly what the employer offers employees in terms of retirement. Does the employer match funds? Are they good investment options? Is there a vesting period that might prohibit you from actually participating?
What about health insurance? What are the deductibles and co-pays? Is it transferable if you leave your job? Other questions you’ll need to ask a potential Dialysis Technician employer should be issues regarding days off, holidays, vacations, and the like. If you’re looking at more than one dialysis facility in which to throw your hat in the ring, consider the distance and fuel costs of actually getting to work. Consider the employer and the RN in charge of the operation. Are they agreeable, and professional? Or do they seem distant and cold. If so, run. They will probably be detached, cold and distant in terms of your career development as well.
So, how much does a dialysis technician make? Well, salaries are varied and so are the other benefits and costs associated with working anywhere. This is very true for a dialysis tech as well.