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Anesthesia Tech Salary

What kind of salary does an anesthesia technician make?

Anesthesia technicians earn anywhere from $24,204 to $50,794 in annual yearly pay, according to May 2015 information from payscale.com. Affecting income are factors such as overtime, bonus and even certification obtained. Also having an impact is the number of years spent working in the profession. In fact, payscale.com shows the salary breakdown of what anesthesia technicians make depending on how many years in the field they have worked:

  • Up to five years of experience: $30,000
  • 5 to 10 years of experience: $36,000
  • 10 to 20 years experience: $41,000
  • More than 20 years of experience: $42,000

What is the job outlook for anesthesia technicians?

The future job outlook for anesthesia technicians and technologists is "extremely bright,", according to a representative from the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT), which does the certification testing. The ASATT representative said this is because a higher level of education and certification will soon be required for these individuals, allowing them to become known as true allied healthcare professionals. In fact, as of July 2015, the technician status will be dropped from ASATT use, and just one test for the technologist will be available. This means that all testing individuals will become technologists and the technician status will no longer exist, according to the representative.

This increased education is going to drive demand, the representative said: "The feeling is that eventually someone is going to require certified technologists. Once that's required, it's the snowball effect. We're trying to keep [those in the field] ahead of the curve."

After July 2015, no new exams will be given at the technician level, while individuals who are currently certified as technicians will need to take the test to qualify for technologists, the representative said. More details about the technologist exam can be found on the ASATT website. Currently, to become an anesthesia technologist, two years of work as an anesthesia technician or graduation from a two-year educational program approved by the ASATT is required.

How to become an anesthesia tech

Because anesthesia technicians and technologists have a wide range of responsibilities, it is important for them to receive some postsecondary training. Payscale.com reports this can be accomplished through vocational school training, although a two-year program may be essential to becoming a technologist, according to the ASATT. On the job, technicians and technologists may be expected to prepare patients for anesthesia, clean and stock related equipment and assist during anesthesia procedures. More advanced occupations in the field include chief nurse anesthetist (CNA) and anesthesiologist.


Sources:

  1. Anesthesia Technician Salary, payscale.com, May 2015. http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Anesthesia_Technician/Hourly_Rate
  2. Interview with American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians representative, May 19, 2015.

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