Dialysis technicians, sometimes referred to as renal dialysis technicians or hemodialysis technicians, provide direct patient care to dialysis patients. They typically work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or other health care provider. Dialysis technicians must usually hold a high school diploma or educational equivalent. Many dialysis technicians learn their trade through on the job training, but formal training is available through vocational schools, technical institutes and community colleges. Wages for dialysis technicians may be impacted by their location.
The median annual income for dialysis technicians in the United States was $32,460 as of May 2011, according to the Salary website. The top 10 percent of dialysis technicians earned in excess of $41,309 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $27,030 per year. The middle 50 percent of U.S.-based dialysis technicians earned annual wages of between $29,617and $37,092 .
A dialysis technician's income may be impacted by the region of the country where she works. Those who worked in Atlantic City, New Jersey, earned median annual wages of $35,998 as of May 2011, according to the Salary website. Dialysis technicians who worked in in St. Louis, Missouri, earned median wages of $32,460 per year. Those who worked in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earned median annual wages of $30,545. Dialysis technicians who worked in San Diego, California, earned median annual wages of $34,342.
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Dialysis technicians who worked in major metropolitan areas tended to earn higher wages than those who worked in small towns or rural communities. Those who worked in Columbus, Georgia, earned median annual wages of $30,220 while those who worked in the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area earned median wages of $32,525 per year. Dialysis technicians who worked in Abilene, Texas earned median annual wages of $29,603 while those who worked in Dallas earned median wages of $32,362 per year.
Dialysis technicians are regulated by states, and rules and regulations approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services require patient care dialysis technicians to be certified within 18 months of their hire date. While formal training is not required, some employers may give preference to candidates who have formal training. Most dialysis technicians work in health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, and dialysis centers.